UN to Declare 2021 to be International Year of Fruits and Vegetables
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution last Thursday, to declare 2021 as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables. As per the resolution, the UNGA considered the urgent need to raise awareness of the nutritional and health benefits of fruit and vegetable consumption. It also stressed on advocating healthy diets through increased sustainable production and consumption of fruits and vegetables.
Nand Kishore Aggarwal Nominated as Chairman of Expert Committee of Agri Business & Food Processing in PHD Chamber of Commerce
Chairman of Crystal Crop Protection Limited, Nand Kishore Aggarwal has been nominated as the Chairman of Expert Committee of Agri Business & Food Processing in PHD Chamber of Commerce. He resumed office on 20th December 2019 with the aim as to how Agribusiness committee of the PHD Chamber must work towards forming a strategy & a plan of action defining how the industry can contribute to this noble national objective of doubling farmer income by the year 2022.
First Tripartite MoA signed to Address the Infrastructure Requirement for Fisheries
The first tripartite Memorandum of Agreement was signed between the department of Fisheries Government of India, NARBARD and the Government of Tamil Nadu for the implementation of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development Fund (FIDF). Speaking on the occasion Shri Giriraj Singh, Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying said that a dedicated fund has been created namely the Fisheries and Aquaculture Infrastructure Development Fund with a total of Rs. 7522.48 crore to address the infrastructure requirement for fisheries sector. He urged the coastal states to pay attention to deep sea fishing, post harvesting, cage culture and export promotion. FIDF provides concessional finance to the eligible entities, cooperatives, individuals and entrepreneurs for development of identified fisheries infrastructure. The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NARBARD), National Cooperatives Development Corporation (NCDC) and all scheduled banks are Nodal Loaning entities (NLEs) to provide concessional finance under the (FIDF).
What is Atal Bhujal Yojana: Know the Scheme in Detail, Benefits, and Funding
The Central Sector Scheme which also named ‘Atal Jal’ aims at improving groundwater management through community participation in identified priority areas in seven States — Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh. It has a total outlay of Rs 6,000 crore which will be implemented over a period of five years from 2020 to 2025. Moreover, ATAL JAL will promote panchayat-led groundwater management and behavioural change with a primary focus on demand-side management.
“The scheme will promote panchayat led groundwater management and behavioral change with a focus on demand-side management. Groundwater contributes nearly 65 percent of total irrigated area in the country,” PM Modi said.