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Farm Loan Waiver – Critical Analysis

2017-11-14T22:08:28+00:00

Farm loan Waiver. Since Independence, one of the primary objectives of India’s agricultural policy has been to improve farmers’ access to institutional credit and reduce their dependence on informal credit. Steps taken by Government to formalise credit for farmers - Nationalisation of commercial banks, Establishment of Regional Rural Banks, Establishment of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). Launching of schemes like - Kisan Credit Card scheme in 1998, the Agricultural Debt Waiver and Debt Relief Scheme in 2008, the Interest Subvention Scheme in 2010-11, and the Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana in 2014. Result of the above measures - The [...]

Farm Loan Waiver – Critical Analysis 2017-11-14T22:08:28+00:00

Sankalp Se Siddhi | PIB Summary 

2017-08-23T22:07:02+00:00

“Sankalp Se Sidhi” program is being organized across the country to commemorate the 75thAnniversary of Quit India Movement. Details – The programs comprise of Kisan Film having message of Hon’ble PM to double farmers’ income by year 2022, followed by pledge for Sankalp Se Sidhi, lecture by agriculture experts and address of the chief guest. The farmers are also being shown various activities in the KVKs and institutes to acquaint them with the latest technologies. A film on patriotism is also being screened on this occasion to motivate the participants. In these programs, 33 Ministers/MPs/MLAs have participated so far. Around 129 [...]

Sankalp Se Siddhi | PIB Summary  2017-08-23T22:07:02+00:00

BIOSPHERE RESERVES IN INDIA | PIB Summary

2017-08-09T22:59:37+00:00

What is a Biosphere Reserve? “Biosphere Reserve (BR) is an international designation by UNESCO for representative parts of natural and cultural landscapes extending over large area of terrestrial or coastal/ marine ecosystems or a combination thereof. BRs are designated to deal with one of the most important questions of reconciling the conservation of biodiversity, the quest for economic and social development and maintenance of associated cultural values. BRs are thus special environments for both people and the nature and are living examples of how human beings and nature can co-exist while respecting each other’s needs. Details – The Biosphere Reserve Programme [...]

BIOSPHERE RESERVES IN INDIA | PIB Summary 2017-08-09T22:59:37+00:00

Roadmap – Evergreen Revolution | PIB Summary

2017-08-09T22:46:27+00:00

The NITI Aayog has drafted the three years’ action plan for Evergreen revolution, for all the sectors including agriculture. The action plan on agriculture deals with remunerative prices for farmers and raising productivity. Strategies include – Increase in production of Pulses – National Food Security Mission (NFSM-Pulses) is being implemented in 638 districts of 29 States in the country. The interventions covered under NFSM-Pulses include cluster demonstrations on improved package of practices, demonstrations on cropping system, distribution of High Yielding Varieties (HYVs), INM, IPM, resource conservation technologies/tools, efficient water application tools and cropping system based training for increasing production and productivity of [...]

Roadmap – Evergreen Revolution | PIB Summary 2017-08-09T22:46:27+00:00

South Asia Regional Centre ( ISARC ) | PIB Summary

2017-07-15T07:44:28+00:00

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the establishment of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC) at campus of National Seed Research and Training Centre (NSRTC) in Varanasi.  ISARC | Details Under the proposal, a Centre of Excellence in Rice Value Addition (CERVA) will be set up in Varanasi. This will include a modern and sophisticated laboratory with capacity to determine quality and status of heavy metals in grain and straw. The Centre will also undertake capacity building exercises for stakeholders across the rice value chain. This Centre will be [...]

South Asia Regional Centre ( ISARC ) | PIB Summary 2017-07-15T07:44:28+00:00

MoU between India and Israel

2017-07-04T07:56:31+00:00

The Union Cabinet in its meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Israel on National Campaign for Water Conservation in India.  Highlights This will benefit the country in conserving water for future generations. The two countries shall work to enhance cooperation at the national, regional and international level to design, implement and monitor a professionally-designed National Water Conservation Campaign in India. Benefits The proposed MoU will help India and Israel to cooperate in water conservation. It would – Put water conservation on the national agenda in India. [...]

MoU between India and Israel 2017-07-04T07:56:31+00:00

Fair and Remunerative Price for Farmers

2017-07-01T11:35:02+00:00

Cabinet approves Fair and Remunerative Price payable by sugar mills for 2017-18 sugar season  Introduction | Fair and Remunerative Price The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for fixing the Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) of sugarcane at Rs. 255/- per quintal (qt) for sugar season 2017-18 linked to a basic recovery rate of 9.5% subject to a premium of Rs. 2.68 per qtl for every 0.1%-point increase in recovery above that level. The approved FRP reflects an increase of 10.87% over the FRP of sugar season 2016-17. The FRP [...]

Fair and Remunerative Price for Farmers 2017-07-01T11:35:02+00:00

The Fury Of Farmers | Business Standard

2017-06-21T17:14:52+00:00

Introduction Over the past five years, the agricultural economy as measured by the gross value added (GVA) reported in the National Account Statistics has grown at an average rate of 2.3 percent. Even though the terms-of-trade movement favoured agriculture, income may have shifted from farmers to agricultural labourers as a similar terms-of-trade calculation for farmers vis-à-vis non-farmers shows no such improvement and is static through these years. Current state of agriculture in India Farming in India is moving from a subsistence and traditional mode to a modern capitalist mode with farmers investing in land improvement and irrigation, adopting new seed varieties, [...]

The Fury Of Farmers | Business Standard 2017-06-21T17:14:52+00:00

NITI Aayog – Vision for New India (RSTV debate)

2017-05-04T07:01:24+00:00

Recently the 3rd meeting of the NITI Aayog’s Governing Council was held at Delhi. With an aim to transform India (as called by the Prime Minister), the NITI Aayog has envisioned an aspiring agenda for the country to be achieved by the year 2032. NITI Aayog | Agenda for 2032 As we know that the five-year plans have now been replaced by a three-year action plan which will be sub-part of a 7-year strategy which itself would be a sub-part of realising a 15-year long term vision for the country. The targets set by NITI Aayog for the next 15 years include a [...]

NITI Aayog – Vision for New India (RSTV debate) 2017-05-04T07:01:24+00:00

Fertiliser Subsidy | Phase Out

2017-04-28T12:31:39+00:00

Government of India’s Fertiliser Subsidy bill grosses more than Rs 72,000 crore annually. Despite that, few fertiliser producing units are suffering from losses. Few months back, the Government decided to encourage healthy PSUs to invest and revive three fertiliser units which are on the brink of bankruptcy. Fertiliser Subsidy | Issues with the decision One, without the deregulation of fertiliser prices, the latest step cannot address the longstanding crisis in the fertiliser industry. Two, it does nothing to resolve the problem of grossly imbalanced use of fertilisers in Indian agriculture, which, in turn, is responsible for worsening soil health and stagnant yields. [...]

Fertiliser Subsidy | Phase Out 2017-04-28T12:31:39+00:00

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