Cabinet amends Essential Commodities Act, approves ordinance to ease barrier-free trade

News: Cabinet has approved three separate ordinances to push agriculture marketing and commodities trade reforms in the country. Facts: Amendments to Essential Commodities Act(1955): Aim: To deregulate the commodities such as cereals, edible oils, oilseeds, pulses, onions and potatoes.  Any limits under ECA over these commodities will be imposed only in exceptional circumstances such as… Continue reading Cabinet amends Essential Commodities Act, approves ordinance to ease barrier-free trade

Agriculture minister joins G-20 meet over

News:Union Agriculture Minister participated in an virtual meeting of G-20 Agriculture Ministers which was organised by the Saudi Presidency Facts: The meeting sought to address the issue of Covid-19 impacts on food security, safety and nutrition. Highlights of the meet: No export restrictions or high taxes on food and agricultural products purchased by the World… Continue reading Agriculture minister joins G-20 meet over

Integrated Project for Source Sustainability and Climate Resilient Rain-Fed Agriculture

News:The Government of India, Himachal Pradesh and World Bank has signed a US$80 million loan agreement to implement Integrated Project for Source Sustainability and Climate Resilient Rain-Fed Agriculture in Himachal Pradesh. Facts: About the Project: Aim:To improve water management practices and increase agricultural productivity in selected Gram Panchayats in Himachal Pradesh. Additional information: Other World… Continue reading Integrated Project for Source Sustainability and Climate Resilient Rain-Fed Agriculture

Budget 2020: Govt unveils 16-point action plan to revive agricultural sector

News:Union Finance minister has proposed 16 action points focusing on doubling Farmers income, Horticulture sector, Food storage, Animal Husbandry and Blue economy. Facts: About 16 point Action Plan:The key highlight of the 16-point action plan includes: Help 20 lakh farmers setup standalone solar pumps under PM-KUSUM scheme. Artificial insemination to be increased to 70% from… Continue reading Budget 2020: Govt unveils 16-point action plan to revive agricultural sector

Hydroponics may provide better agriculture solutions

News:Council of Scientific and Industrial Research- Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (CSIR-IHBT) is developing low cost hydroponics system. Facts: About Hydroponics: Hydroponics is the technique of growing plants without soil by using water solvent which consists of mineral nutrients. Hydroponic systems are engineered as a highly space and resource efficient form of farming and represent… Continue reading Hydroponics may provide better agriculture solutions

CMs’ panel mulls move to tie State farm reforms to funds

The Central government had set up a high powered committee of seven chief ministers led by Maharashtra’s CM as its convenor.The panel has discussed various measures to transform Indian agriculture and raise farmers’ income. The panel has said since agriculture is a State subject,all the States must be brought on board for time-bound reforms in… Continue reading CMs’ panel mulls move to tie State farm reforms to funds

Budget Briefs:Agriculture

Finance Minister has said that the government will invest widely in agriculture infrastructure and support private entrepreneurship for value addition in farm sector. The government has also proposed a Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana(PMMSY) to establish a robust fisheries management framework and check gaps in the value chain. The government has proposed to increase budget… Continue reading Budget Briefs:Agriculture

First Ever India International Cooperatives Trade Fair (IICTF)

Government has announced the first ever ‘India International Cooperatives Trade Fair’(IICTF) which will be held in New Delhi. The fair is being conducted with the support of Network for Development of Agricultural Cooperatives(NEDAC),ministries,four state governments and several apex levels Indian cooperative organizations. The Trade Fair is aimed at promoting cooperative to cooperative trade within India… Continue reading First Ever India International Cooperatives Trade Fair (IICTF)

APEDA Organizes buyers-sellers meet

Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) in association with North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation(NERAMAC) has organised the International Buyers-Sellers Meet in Imphal,Manipur. APEDA chairman said that India’s total agricultural product exports is valued at 38 billion USD for the financial year 2017-18 out of which 50% is contributed through APEDA’s products.… Continue reading APEDA Organizes buyers-sellers meet

UGC bans distance learning degree programmes in agriculture

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has prohibited imparting distance degree programmes in agriculture.The decision was taken by the UGC on the ground that a degree programme in agriculture is technical in nature as it requires practicals or laboratory courses. As per UGC Open and Distance Learning Regulations,2017 professional programmes such as medicine,engineering,architecture,nursing,dental, pharmacy and physiotherapy… Continue reading UGC bans distance learning degree programmes in agriculture