Livelihoods News

NEW DELHI: The agriculture ministry is planning a massive increase in the number of seed-testing laboratories in the country as part of its push to boost crop yield. Officials told ET that use of quality seeds can boost farm production by up to a fifth.

Two months after floods caused havoc in Kerala and flattened major standing crops, leading to losses estimated at over Rs 2,000 crore, the state government has decided to distribute crop inputs, particularly seeds, as a part of the rehabilitation package for affected farmers.

In our country, there are many public schemes. However, there is a lack of services and knowledge to avail these schemes. This is one of the problems that the lakhs of people in Telangana are facing. The grievance redressal system (a mechanism to act on grievances reported by a private organisation or public citizens) in Telangana for 23 rural development schemes has been reduced to just four. These schemes concern lakhs of people who are now left to suffer in the state.

India has been ranked as the 58th most competitive economy on the World Economic Forum's global competitiveness index for 2018, which was topped by the US.

India's rank rose by five places from 2017, the largest gain among G20 economies, the WEF said. On the list of 140 economies, the US is followed by Singapore and Germany at the second and the third positions respectively.

Gender inequality is not only a pressing moral and social issue but also a critical economic challenge. India has a larger relative economic value at stake from advancing gender equality than any of the 10 regions analyzed in a McKinsey Global Institute report, The Power of Parity: How Advancing Women’s Equality Can add $12 Trillion to global growth. The report says that if all countries were to match the momentum towards gender parity of the fastest-improving countries in their region, $12 trillion a year could be added to global GDP.

The "100 per cent organic state" Sikkim, the first in the world, will get the "Oscar for best policies" at a UN ceremony in Rome and it bolsters efforts to attain the Sustainable Development Goals, an Indian MP said on Sunday.

Sikkim beat out 51 other nominees from 25 countries for the Future Policy Award 2018 -- the world's best laws and policies promoting agro-ecology -- which will be presented during the World Food Week at headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday.

India’s basmati-rice exports are expected to pick up, as key importer Saudi Arabia is set to adopt easy residue parameters to take delivery of consignments. With India taking steps to reduce the deposit of harmful chemicals on rice, local authorities expect the European Union also step up imports from India.

India, which is the second largest food producer globally, is expected to witness yet another good crop this year because of near normal monsoon for the third consecutive year.

But for farmers, who account for more than 50% of the country's 1.3 billion population, the possible good harvest may not be really bringing in the good news because of falling income and profitability.

India is blessed with youth power and with talent at that but they need skills, Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu said at the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Nachimuthu Polytechnic College in Pollachi on Wednesday.

Skilled youth were fewer and to skill the youth, governments should devise various programmes.

The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) has improved mobility and increased access to economic opportunities, triggering a structural transformation in rural India, a World Bank draft report says.

Titled ‘Impact Evaluation of PMGSY’, the draft report reviewed by Hindustan Times presents the results of an impact evaluation of the rural roads scheme using data from Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan collected in 2009 and 2017.

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