The Maharashtra Government has decided to set up a committee under the chairmanship of a top bureaucrat for the implementation of a Rs 4,000-crore project on climate resilient agriculture.
Sustainable livelihood is a top priority for the nation today. Over half the country’s working population is employed in agriculture and a sustained as well as steady growth in rural incomes is critical for a positive ripple impact on the manufacturing and services economies of the nation.
Awaaz.De, a communications platform driven by basic phones that use the medium of voice to give information and advice on agriculture, finance, health, education and governance, was set up in Ahmedabad in 2012.
Farmers in Telangana have asked the State government to come out with a comprehensive Agriculture Policy to safeguard their livelihood. They have demanded income security for small, marginal and medium farmers and agricultural workers.
Farmers in Telangana staged a protest last Monday, demanding discontinuation of the electronic-national agriculture market (e-NAM) platform and restoration of the previous platform provided by NCDEX e-Markets.
Days after Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s Uttar Pradesh Maha Yatra concluded, the Left-leaning All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) is also holding a nationwide rally from November 2 “against neo-liberal policies and communal forces”.
To fast-track integration of States into the e-National Agriculture Market platform, the Centre has called a meeting of officials of all States and Union Territories on Friday to review the steps taken by them to bring about the required amendments in the APMC Act.
Efforts are on to make the collection of data on insurance coverage for farmers under the Prime Minister’s Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) become more efficient and timely from the upcoming rabi season. The Agriculture Ministry is working on a portal where banks can directly enter details on insurance
Conventional agriculture is environmentally unsustainable. And, it is a misnomer that organic farming is economically unviable
The Centre has integrated 250 regulated agricultural markets across 10 States to the online trading platform for agriculture produce, e-NAM, surpassing the target of 200 set for the period.
With agriculture becoming unviable and youth shying away from the sector, Vice-Chancellors of various agriculture universities in the country have called for heavy deployment of investments, information technology and gadgets in order to make agriculture attractive for the youth.