Agriculture

10th December – Agri reform : From production to profitability

The idea of doubling farmers’ incomes by 2022, when the country completes 75 years of its independence, was shared by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in February 2016. Despite zealous efforts made by government agencies toward fulfilment of this goal, the state of farmers and agriculture has shown little or no improvement. We must look for …

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7th December – A potential seedbed for private profits

After passing through at least two versions, Seeds Bill 2019 is now under Parliament’s consideration. The earlier versions of the Bill, in 2004 and 2010, had generated heated debates. The present version promises to be no different. International Conventions – In 1994, India signed the agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). In …

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South Asia Regional Centre ( ISARC ) | PIB Summary

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 …

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MoU between India and Israel

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 …

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Fair and Remunerative Price for Farmers

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 …

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NITI Aayog – Vision for New India (RSTV debate)

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 …

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Fertiliser Subsidy | Phase Out

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 …

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Award Scheme For Dairy Cooperatives | PIB Summary

As part of the innovative initiatives under the “White Revolution” umbrella Schemes, the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries has supported the National Dairy Development Board(NDDB) developed initiative of “Quality Mark” Award Scheme for dairy Cooperatives to promote and encourage enhancement of safety, quality and hygiene of milk and milk products manufactured by dairy cooperatives. …

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Report On Draft Ganga Act | PIB Summary

The committee constituted to prepare draft Ganga Act submitted its report to the Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. Draft Ganga Act | About the Committee The Chairman of the committee Justice Shri Girdhar Malviya (Retd.) said that it was a big challenge for them but they could meet it successfully. He thanked …

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