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Enhancing agricultural livelihoods through community institutions in Bihar, India (English)

Author(s): Behera, Debaraj; Chaudhary, Arvind Kumar; Vutukuru, Vinay Kumar; Gupta, Abhishek; Machiraju, Sitaramachandra; Shah, Parmesh Source: World Bank | January 2013     Bihar’s agriculture sector employs more than eighty percent of the labor force and more than fourfifths of these farmers are small and marginal. They have one of the lowest agricultural productivity in India that has not increased due to several constraints. Jeevika, a project jointly supported by the World Bank and the Government of Bihar, has piloted, customized and eventually scaled-up several innovative livelihood interventions to improve the well-being of poor households in Bihar. A number of innovative aspects account for the success of these livelihoods programs in the state. Foremost among these […]

Bihar potato farmer sets new world record

Indo-Asian News Service | February 18, 2013 Patna: Bihar’s farmers have done it again. A farmer from Sohdih village of Bihar’s Nalanda district has set a new world record in potato production through organic farming this year. The potato farmer, Rakesh Kumar, has harvested 108.8 tonnes of potato per hectare and set a new world record in potato production, Nalanda district magistrate Sanjay Kumar Agrawal said on Monday. Last year, a farmer of Darveshpura village in Nalanda had set a world record in potato production through organic farming. “Rakesh Kumar has created a new world record in potato production through organic farming. It was verified by experts, scientists and officials,” […]

India’s rice revolution

#SRI #AgrarianCrisis #RiceRevolution In a villager in India’s poorest state, Bihar, farmers are growing world record amounts of rice – with no GM, and no herbicide. Is this one solution to world food shortages? Sumant Kumar photographed in Darveshpura, Bihar, India. Photograph: Chiara Goia for Observer Food Monthly Sumant Kumar was overjoyed when he harvested his rice last year. There had been good rains in his village of Darveshpura in north-eastIndia and he knew he could improve on the four or five tonnes per hectare that he usually managed. But every stalk he cut on his paddy field near the bank of the Sakri river seemed to weigh heavier than usual, […]

“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)

Paddy production: Bihar panchayat breaks China’s record

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/agri-biz/article3016481.ece NEW DELHI, MAR 20: A gram panchayat in Nalanda district of Bihar has surpassed the Chinese record of paddy production, the Union Agriculture Minister Mr Sharad Pawar informed Parliament today. “As per the reports received from the state government, the yield of wet paddy has been recorded at 22.4 tonnes per hectare and that of dry paddy at 20.16 tonnes a hectare in the district of Nalanda, Bihar…,” Mr Pawar said in a written reply to Lok Sabha. The record yield was achieved under demonstration on System of Rice Intensification (SRI) which was organised at farmer’s field during kharif 2011, he added. “It has surpassed the yield of 19 […]

Bihar to raise Rs 1.52 lakh crore to give a boost to the farming in the state in the next five years

Submitted on 01/05/2012 – 12:29:35 PM By M Shabnam Patna:  The Bihar Agriculture cabinet has set up a Resource Management Group (RMG) to raise Rs 1.52 lakh crore to give a boost to the farming in the state in the next five years. The RMG headed by Chief Secretary Navin Kumar has been assigned to oversee the implementation of the agriculture road map for Bihar. The RMG would be authorized to arrange the fund for the state plan, central and private sources besides financial institutions. A. K Sinha, state agriculture production commissioner said that the private sector would invest a whopping Rs 23,746 crore in agriculture. After the fifth meeting of the […]

Letters to PM on crop trials

Letters to PM on crop trials OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT Patna, Nov. 7: Three NDA MPs from Bihar — C.P. Thakur of the BJP, Jai Narayan Nishad and Anil Kumar Sahani of the JD(U)— have written separate letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressing concern over reports of Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) bill being introduced in the winter session of Parliament. They have sought an intervention to stop the process in the interest of farmers. “I have strong objections to it being infringement on the authority of the state on matters related to agriculture and health,” said Thakur in his letter. He also objected to the fact that the proposed […]

Seed of Contention

Posted: Fri Jul 01 2011, 01:40 hrs Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has termed the proposed seed bill as a “black” bill, saying it does not safeguard the farmers’ interests and will increase the domination of multi-national seed companies in the country. In a letter to Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, Nitish cited his state’s “bitter experience of private hybrids” in maize in December 2009-10 on account of “non-formation of grains”. The private companies had disowned their responsibility, he said, and the state had to step in to provide assistance, taking on an extra burden of Rs 61 crore. “The problem of the non-setting of grains was not observed in […]

Bihar is turning its attention to popularising and promoting organic farming in the state to usher in a new “Green Revolution”

Submitted on 06/21/2011 – 09:20:03 AM Patna: After good roads, improving law and order, education and health services, Bihar is turning its attention to popularising and promoting organic farming in the state to usher in a new “Green Revolution” in agriculture. In a bid to spread awareness about benefits of organic farming among farmers, hundreds of national and international organic farming scientists and experts are expected to gather in the Bihar capital here for a three-day conference beginning Wednesday. “This conference of national and international organic farming scientists and experts will boost the government’s plans of attracting farmers to adopt organic farming,” Bihar Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute Director […]

The Kosi Balance Sheet

The Kosi Balance Sheet Year Area in ha % of promised Eastern Kosi (EK) Main Canal Promised Irrigation 7,12,000 Slashed Down Target 1975-76 3,73,000 Actual Irrigation 2003-04 1,41,970 19.94% 2004-05 91,560 12.86% 2005-06 1,49,170 20.95% 2007-08 1,36,180 19.13% Maximum that the canal irigated 1983-84 2,13,133 29.93% Land Water logged on east of EK Embarkment Western Kosi Main Canal Promised Irrigation 3,25,000 Actual Irrigation 2003-04 13,750 4.23% 2004-05 17,390 5.35% 2005-06 21,620 6.65% 2006-07 25,310 7.79% 2007-08 23,770 7.31% Cost Estimation 1963 Rs. 13.49 Cr Mar-08 Rs. 1009 Cr Flood Protection Promised Protected Area 2,14,000 Land Waterlogged on eastern embarkment 1,82,000 Land waterlogged on western embarkment 1,23,000 Land permanently exposed to […]

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