Livelihoods News

BARNALA: Author and veteran journalist P Sainath stressed the need to declare agriculture a public service with a guarantee of minimum wages during a lecture held at Tarksheel Bhawan. He also urged farmers to do away with corporate control on agriculture.

MUMBAI: Indian farmers are likely to expand soybean planting areas by nearly 15 percent after the government raised edible oil import tax to the highest level in more than a decade, lifting domestic oilseed prices to nearly two-year highs, a trade body said.

To turn into reality Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of doubling farmer’s income, the government is working on an agricultural export policy that aims at increasing exports of agricultural products. The policy aims to boost the agriculture export up to 60 billion dollars by 2022-23, which is currently at $35 billion, from $42.6 billion in financial year 2013-14.

LUCKNOW: Development bank Nabard said it has provided an assistance of Rs 10,012 crore to Uttar Pradesh during 2017-18 to facilitate overall development with special focus on agricultural credit.

"This has been achieved through commercial banks, RRBs and cooperatives, infrastructure development through dedicated funds, strengthening of rural financial institutions, women empowerment through Self Help Groups, micro-finance and several other new initiatives," Nabard Chief General Manager A K Panda said in a release here.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday launched the Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan at Ramnagar in Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh. At the event, Prime Minister Modi addressed panchayats across the country. Prime Minister Modi urged panchayat members to “focus on the right utilisation of funds, he said, adding that the government is committed to rural development.”

Bhadrak: Large scale irregularities in allocation of funds for housing scheme for rural poor under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) have been reported in Bhadrak district.

It has been alleged that more than Rs 80 lakh have been allocated to as many as 60 deserving persons in 14 panchayats of Chandbali in Bhadrak district under PMAY but the actual beneficiaries been deprived of the housing loans.

NEW DELHI: Recognising millets’ anti-diabetic properties and other nutritious characteristics, the Centre has notified it as “Nutri-Cereals” for production, consumption and trade.

India's sugar production is expected to top 29.5 million mt in the 2017-18 season, the highest amount on record, which is pressuring domestic prices, the Indian Sugar Mills Association said.

Retail prices have decreased 8% since November to an average of Rupee 38.88/kg (58.84 cents/kg) on Thursday, according to data from India's Ministry of Consumer Affairs.

The last time the union government brought MGNREGA wages at par with minimum agricultural wages was in 2009. Two years later, in 2011, only four states — Kerala, Goa, Haryana and Mizoram — had minimum agricultural wages higher than the notified MGNREGA wages of Rs 100 per day.

      States to get leeway in developing tourism, industrial infrastructure

The Centre has allowed India’s coasts to be made more accessible to tourism and industrial infrastructure and given individual States considerable leeway to decide how they should plan such development, according to a draft version of the proposed modification to India’s coastal regulation zone plan made public on the Environment Ministry website on Wednesday.