Agriculture Current Affair 3 August 2021

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Govt aims to create national farmers database using digital land records: Narendra Singh Tomar

The government is aiming to create a federated National Farmers Database using digitised land records that will help to offer proactive and personalised services to farmers, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar informed Parliament on Tuesday. The agriculture ministry has already commenced the work of creating ‘Agristack’ — a digital ecosystem of agriculture — in the country that should help the government in effective planning towards increasing the income of farmers in particular and improving the efficiency of the agriculture sector as a whole.

“As a first step in this direction, the government has already initiated building federated farmers’ database that would serve as the core of the envisaged Agristack,” Tomar said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

No private sector companies are involved as far as the building of the Agristack is concerned. However, leading Technology/Agri-tech/startup companies were identified and invited to collaborate with the central government to develop proof of concepts (PoCs) based on small portions of data from the federated Farmers’ database for certain identified areas (district/village), he added.

Over 21.40 lakh farmers enrolled under PM-KMY: Narendra Singh Tomar

More than 21.40 lakh farmers have so far joined the voluntary pension scheme for small and marginal farmers Pradhan Mantri Kisan Maan-Dhan Yojana (PM-KMY), Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Tuesday. The pension scheme was launched in September 2019 to provide old age protection and social security.

“As on July 23, 2021, a total of 21,40,262 farmers have joined the scheme,” Tomar said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

The enrollment of eligible farmers under PM-KMY was started by Common Service Centres (CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd) from August 2019.

How retail industry is adopting soy as a protein-rich feed for livestock; experts discuss

Protein is known as the building block of life. This is not only true in the case of humans but also animals. Just like we consume our protein through our everyday diet, animals also get their protein from their food sources. If you are a livestock farmer/producer, feed producer, aquaculture retailer/distributor/wholesaler and would like to know more about soy as a rich source of protein, ET.com is conducting an exclusive session.

Soy, one of the richest sources of protein, is emerging as a high-quality feed ingredient for poultry, livestock, and aquaculture amongst retailers. Soybean meals can be a good substitute for meat and are also economically beneficial.

Soybean meal is also at times referred to as ‘gold standard’ owing to its protein content. It is composed of amino acids which are highly digestible and make a good diet for your cattle. Soy is a versatile and multifunctional source of protein. Not only does it meet your dietary needs but also produces energy and increases the metabolism rate.


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