Livelihoods News

Barely 30% of requirement supplied, says industry representative; Cash back with a vengeance

Members of the automated teller machine (ATM) industry have blamed banks for not supplying adequate cash which has resulted in the acute shortage of cash in several parts of the country this month.

The 2018 southwest monsoon is expected to be ‘normal’, brightening chances of recovery in the farm sector, which has seen fluctuating growth rates in the recent past.

The monsoon rains were a tad below normal the previous year, though the weather department had projected those to be normal.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is partnering with the Government of India, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Agri-solutions, to host a two-day conference starting today to discuss how to significantly improve the goat sector in rural areas, specifically in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha states.

NEW DELHI: Farmers in some districts of northern India have lost up to a quarter of their crop on the eve of the harvest because of unseasonal rain and hailstorms, and face the risk of more showers in the days ahead.

In the 2nd week of the current Financial Year, Ministry of Rural Development has already released INR 23,147 crore to various States/UTs under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. The funds, besides clearing all wage and payment liabilities the of previous year, will also ensure smooth implementation of the scheme in the coming months of FY 2018-19.

NEW DELHI: The Modi government is set to announce a major initiative targeting 17,000 villages under seven schemes aimed at delivering free LPG connections, electricity supply, LED bulbs, Jan Dhanaccounts, two PM insurance schemes and immunisation of children in a time period of 21 days.

MANGALURU: Not much help has come from political representatives for thousands of expatriate engineers working in Kuwait, who are now counting their days to be sent back to India, due to new regulations.

On March 11, new regulations relating to residency and work permits of engineers residing in Kuwait from outside the country came as a shock, which may end up in their being deported from that country, if they don’t have degrees from NBA (National Board of Accreditation) accredited colleges.

NEW DELHI: Unseasonal rainfall and hailstorms in north India over the weekend, along with a forecast of more showers and storms in the days ahead, have put at risk the rabi crop, especially wheat, mustard and mangoes, raising fears of increasing rural distress.

Officials are monitoring the situation because rainfall and hailstorms on the eve of the harvest can damage crops severely.

Kolkata: Bengal's success in the construction of rural toilets – through Mission Nirmal Bangla, a brainchild of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee – is now being considered as a model by the Central Government. The work of constructing toilets in the areas under the various panchayats of the state is 95 per cent complete in the state over the past two years, in comparison to 68 t0 70 per cent for the other states.

Union Government, Maharashtra Government and the World Bank on April 6, 2018 signed a USD 420 million project agreement to help small and marginal farmers in the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions of Maharashtra.

The project will help in increasing the climate resilient practices in agriculture and ensuring that farming continues to remain a financially viable activity for them.