Northeast’s love for Turkeys and the challenges faced by those raising them
In the Livestock Census conducted in 2012, Assam had the third most turkeys (9.9%), after Tamil Nadu (24%) and Kerala (18%). In this year’s census, Assam has raced to the top with one third (34%) of all turkeys in India, distantly followed by Uttar Pradesh (10%), Jharkhand (8%), Tamil Nadu (7.8%), Andhra Pradesh (7.7%) and Kerala (4.9%).
There are not all that many turkeys in India – 4,23,374 in the census, compared to 80.78 crore chickens. But this represents a whopping 66.8% increase over 2012, so clearly more people, particularly in Assam, are raising turkeys. Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura also have relatively high numbers of turkeys, so perhaps there is a Northeast trend.
Big News! Maharashtra Government Announces Loan Waiver upto Rs Two Lakh for Farmers
The Government of Maharashtra today (21st December 2019) announced a loan waiver of upto Rs 2 Lakh for farmers, with a cut-off date of 30th September, 2019.
Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister of Maharashtra made the announcement in the Legislative Assembly on the last day of the winter session of the legislature.
Thackeray said, “Crop loans outstanding till 30th September 2019 will be waived by my government. The upper ceiling for the amount is Rs. 2 Lakh. The scheme will be known as Mahatma Jyotirao Phule loan waiver scheme”. He added that besides this, a special scheme will be offered for the farmers who pay off their loans on time.