Agriculture Current Affair 9 December 2020

MANAGE offers ₹4-crore grant for agri start-ups

The National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE) has announced a financial support of ₹4 crore to about 40 agricultural start-ups.

The grant-in-aid is being given under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana – Remunerative Approaches for Agriculture and Allied Sector Rejuvenation (RKVY-RAFTAAR)’s Innovation and Agri-entrepreneurship Development.

Farm produce exports exceed $10 b in April-Oct

Fuelled by the rising demand for Indian rice, exports of farm produce monitored by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda) crossed the $10 billion mark during the April-October period this year, registering almost a 20 per cent growth over same period last year.

While basmati rice continues to be the largest exported farm produce, the robust demand for the cereals has pushed up the shipment of non-basmati rice.

Vodafone India Foundation, Nokia deploy smart agriculture solution

Vodafone India Foundation, Vodafone Idea Ltd’s (VIL) corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm, has entered into a partnership with Finnish telecom equipment maker Nokia to deploy a smart agriculture solution to improve the productivity of farmers in India.

A pilot project is being conducted across 100 locations in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. The solution will benefit more than 50,000 farmers in the region by enhancing their productivity and income, Vodafone Idea said in a statement.

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