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Fertiliser Ministry pegs subsidy at Rs 1 lakh cr for FY’13

NEW DELHI: Fertiliser Ministry has projected a requirement of more than Rs 1 lakh crore for making subsidy payments in the current fiscal, Parliament was informed today. The projected requirement of the subsidy during this fiscal, ending this month, is much higher than the revised Budgets estimates of about Rs 66,000 crore. Minister of State for Fertilisers and Chemicals Srikant Jena said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha: “The allocation of funds for fertiliser subsidy in the year 2012-13 is Rs 65,592.13 crore under Budget Estimate. The requirement of funds projected in Revised Estimates is Rs 1,02,207.39 crore.” The Budget for the 2013-14 fiscal, which was tabled in Parliament yesterday, had actually quoted a revised estimate of […]

Right to Homestead Bill: Task force to finalise draft

After legislating the Right to Information and Education — and making a stab at the Right to Work and Food through the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and the Food Security Act respectively — the government’s next step seems to be aimed at legally upholding the right to a home of your own. On Tuesday, a task force set up by the Rural Development Ministry — including government officials and civil society members — is expected to finalise a draft of the National Right to Homestead Bill 2013. The Bill aims to ensure that “every shelterless poor family has a right to hold homestead of not less than […]

వచ్చే ఆర్థిక సంవత్సరంలో వ్యవ’సాయం’ రూ.63వేల కోట్లు నాబార్డు ప్రతిపాదనలు

హైదరాబాద్, ఫిబ్రవరి 14: వచ్చే ఆర్థిక సంవత్సరంలో వివిధ రంగాలకు రుణ మంజూరుపై నా బార్డు కసరత్తు చేస్తోంది. ఇందులో భాగంగా వ్యవసాయానికి దాదాపు రూ. 63 కోట్ల మేర ఇచ్చేవిధంగా ప్రతిపాదనలు సిద్ధం చేసింది. ఈ మేరకు స్వల్ప, దీర్ఘకాలిక రుణాల కింద రూ.59818.95 కోట్లు, భూమి అభివృద్ధికి రూ. 654.75 కోట్లు, యాంత్రీకరణకు రూ.2432.12 కోట్ల మం జూరుకు ప్రతిపాదించింది. వీటిని రాష్ట్రస్థాయి బ్యాంకర్ల కమిటీ (ఎస్ఎల్‌బీసీ)కి పంపనున్న నేపథ్యంలో సోమవారం వ్యవసాయశాఖ అధికారులతో సమావేశమై సూచనలు స్వీకరించింది. ఈ సందర్భంగా అధికారులు వివిధ అంశాలను ప్రస్తావించారు.  సమస్యల పరిష్కారానికి చొరవ చూపాలని నాబార్డు ఉన్నతాధికారులను కోరారు. ఇక నీటిపారుదల రంగానికి రూ.1061.38 కోట్లు, ఉద్యాన రంగానికి రూ.1441.72 కోట్లు ప్రతిపాదించింది. ఇక పశు సంవర్ధక శాఖ కింద రూ.2113.05 కోట్లు పాడి పరిశ్రమాభివృద్ధికి, రూ.1088.16 కోట్లు పౌల్ట్రీకి, రూ. 554.43 కోట్లు మేకలు, పందుల పెంపకానికి ప్రతిపాదించారు. మత్స్యరంగానికి రూ.1320.06 కోట్లు నాబార్డు ప్రతిపాదించింది. ఫుడ్ ప్రాసెసింగ్‌కు రూ.637.69 కోట్లు ప్రతిపాదించారు. […]

Stop giving milch animals, fodder scarcity is looming large: farmers

The Hindu | February 12, 2013   In most parts of the State groundwater depletion is an issue’ Left with no choice:Goats eating posters near the Collectorate in Tiruchi. —Photo. A. Muralitharan The Federation of Tamil Nadu Agriculturists’ Associations has appealed to the State government to stop giving goat and milch animals free of cost till drought conditions in Tamil Nadu cease because fodder scarcity is looming large. State secretary of the federation C.Nallasamy told The Hindu that the faming community is thankful to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for the free goat and also milk animal scheme. “”But once the livestock are given to the poor , where will they go […]

150 scientists raise concerns about GM crops, write to Natarajan

NEW DELHI: More than 150 scientists have written a letter to the environment minister, Jayanthi Natarajan on Saturday raising concerns about genetically modified (GM) crops. Their primanry concern is that Ministry of Agriculture is allegedly making a case for GM crops by stating that the technology is ‘absolutely needed’ for India’s food security. They referred to a recent affidavit filed by the ministry of agriculture in the Supreme Court claiming that nation’s food security will be jeopardized without GM crops. “It also argues that open-air field trials of GMOs are absolutely essential for this.” The scientists in their letter said that there are “many serious scientific and policy fallacies” in […]

Parliamentary Panel recommends food entitlements for 67 p.c. of population

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Food and Consumer Affairs has suggested that food entitlements under the National Food Security Act be made available to 67 per cent of the population, leaving out the 33 per cent who pay taxes, have a pucca house and so on. It wants the ‘priority’ (Below Poverty Line) and ‘general’ (Above Poverty Line) categories to go and be replaced with “inclusion” and “exclusion” categories. The identification of beneficiaries for subsidised rice and wheat under the Public Distribution System will be done by State governments. The committee, headed by Vilas Muttemwar, has decided to speed up submission of its report to the Lok Sabha Speaker as the issue […]

Zaheerabad to be recognised as biodiversity heritage site soon

The crop fields of the women of Deccan Development Society (DDS), an NGO working for the last 25 years in Medak district, would be soon recognised as biodiversity heritage sites by the Government of India. This was announced by Dr. P. Balakrishna, chairman, National Biodiversity Authority (NBD), after formally launching 14th mobile biodiversity festival at Ippapally village in Zaheerabad mandal of Medak district on Monday. This would be the first such heritage site in India. The site would cover about 50 villages spread across three mandals in Medak district. He also said that to recognise this area as a biodiversity heritage site would be a matter of pride. He has also […]

MP to receive award from President for highest grain produce

By Suchandana Gupta January 14, 2013 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/MP-to-receive-award-from-President-for-highest-grain-produce/articleshow/18023089.cms BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh has been selected to receive the Krishi Karman Award of the Union government for best performance in agricultural production in 2011-2012. The cash prize award of Rs 2 crore will be given away by President Pranab Mukherjee to chief minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan in New Delhi on Tuesday. Chouhan’s agriculture minister Ramkrishna Kusmaria will also accompany the chief minister in the award giving function. The Krishi Karman Award for year 2011-12 is being conferred to Madhya Pradesh for food production. In addition, Raisen farmer Radhabai Dube and Hoshangabad’s Gambhir Singh Pal will be honoured by the President for best […]

Biodiversity meet ignored interests of farmers: expert

STAFF REPORTER, THE HINDU, NOVEMBER 19, 2012 http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/biodiversity-meet-ignored-interests-of-farmers-expert/article4109993.ece Agriculture scientist G.V. Ramanjaneyulu has criticised that the recent international biodiversity conference in Hyderabad focussed only on how business could be done with bio-resources instead of suggesting measures to protect biodiversity. The deliberations completely ignored farmers and their interests and also their role in the protection of biodiversity. The conference deliberately sidelined the need to protect biodiversity, he said while delivering a lecture on ‘Farmer in Biodiversity’ organised by the Jampala Chandrasekhara Prasad Trust in memory of the late student leader, here on Saturday night. State role He said the government should have a major role in protecting biodiversity, environment and eco-balance […]

“Nalanda District (Bihar) – World Record SRI yields

“Nalanda District (Bihar) – World Record SRI yields” (page Nos. 1 to 10) Author(s) by M.C. Diwakar, Arvind Kumar, Anil Verma and Dr. Norman Uphoff Experimenting with SRI cultivation, five farmers of Darveshpura village in Bihar attract considerable attention with their bumper yield; the results indicate a viable alternative to the conventional methods of growing rice and other crops. See on page 1 to 10 (http://www.pradan.net/images/Media/news_reach_july_aug2012.pdf)

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