Centre asks states to lift pulses from buffer stock to cool rising prices
New Delhi: Amid rising prices of pulses, the Centre has asked states to place demand for subsidised pulses available in Centre’s buffer stock. Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan has written all state governments to lift pulses for their distribution through public distribution system (pds) or through other retail network.
The government sells pulses including tur and chana through ration shops at prices ranging between Rs 45-55 a kg. In retail market. the prices of tur, urad and chana are ruling between Rs 70-120 a kg.
11,379 farmers committed suicide in 2016; Modi govt finally releases data
As per the data in the NCRB report, the number of farmer suicides in the country has plunged to 11,379 in 2016 from 12,360 in 2014 and 12,602 in 2015
The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) Friday said that 11,379 farmers committed suicide in India in 2016. The NCRB in its latest Accidental Death and Suicide report for 2016 says that there were 948 farmer suicides every month, or 31 suicides every day. The last report was released in 2015. As per the data in the report, the number of farmer suicides in the country has plunged to 11,379 in 2016 from 12,360 in 2014 and 12,602 in 2015.
The report adds that although Maharashtra witnessed a 20% dip from the previous year, it continued to be the top state with 2,550 of the 6,270 farmers’ suicides documented nationwide.
KISAN Fair 2019: India’s Largest Agri Show Starts in Pune
29th KISAN Fair, India’s Largest Agricultural Show and the biggest platform for Agri-Community has started from 11-15 December in Pune, Maharashtra. Kisan 2019 is being organized in collaboration with the Center’s Ministry of Agriculture and the State Department of Agriculture.
Punjab Agricultural University and California University Sign Deal for Cooperation in Agriculture Sector
Punjab Agricultural University, PAU, Ludhiana has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the California State University, Fresno, US for cooperation in crop improvement, agricultural business, biotechnology, natural resources, production & cultural practices and water & irrigation technology.
Plant Extraction through Nanotechnology to Replace Chemical Pesticides by Brazilian Start-Up
The Pusa Krishi Incubator of ICAR- Indian Agricultural Research Institute launched the “Maitri – Indo-Brazil Agri-Tech Cross Border Incubation Programme” at the National Agricultural Science Centre Complex starting on 9 December 2019.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) highlighted the importance of such programmes for strengthening and promoting the best agricultural practices internationally. Dr. Mohapatra regarded the programme to be useful for the exchange of agricultural technologies and expertise between both the countries. The Director General accentuated on the importance of various agricultural and allied science technologies that are crucial for strengthening the agricultural arena in the country .