NRRI released two high-protein and two climate-smart varieties
The Institute released two high-protein rice varieties (CR Dhan 310, CR Dhan 311) and two climate-smart varieties (CR Dhan 801 and CR Dhan 802), which are tolerant to both submergence and drought and few biotic stresses to face the challenges of climate change.
Central Genomics and Quality Laboratory facility at ICAR – National Rice Research Institute (NRRI) in Cuttack (Odisha) has been inaugurated on 26th Feb 2019.
NRRI (formerly known as CRRI) is established on April 23, 1946 at Bidyadharpur, Cuttack, Odisha as the result for outbreak of devastating epiphytotic brown spot disease of rice (Helminthosporium sp) in the then Bengal province in 1942. NRRI is the nodal agency for planning, implementation and monitoring of Bringing Green Revolution in Eastern India (BGREI) programme
Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog
As announced in the Union Budget 2019-20 for setting up of Aayog, the Union Cabinet approved the proposal for establishment of Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog for Conservation, protection and development of cows and their progeny.
The setting up of Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog will lead to conservation, protection and development of cattle population in the country including development and conservation of indigenous breeds.
In addition, it will also ensure proper implementation of laws with respect to the welfare of cows. It will result in increased growth of livestock sector which is more inclusive, benefitting women, and small and marginal farmers.
RKA will work in collaboration with Veterinary, Animal Sciences or Agriculture University or departments or organizations of the Central/State Government engaged in the task of research in the field of breeding and rearing of cow, organic manure, biogas etc.
Cabinet committee nod for Agri-Market Infrastructure Fund
The Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs gave its approval for the creation of a corpus of Rs.2000 crore for Agri-Market Infrastructure Fund (AMIF) to be created with NABARD for development and up-gradation of agricultural marketing infrastructure in Gramin Agricultural Markets and Regulated Wholesale Markets.
- AMIF will provide the State/UT Governments subsidized loan for their proposal for developing marketing infrastructure in 585 Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs) and 10,000 Grameen Agricultural Markets (GrAMs).
- States may also access AMIF for innovative integrated market infrastructure projects including Hub and Spoke mode and in Public Private Partnership mode.
- In these GrAMs, physical and basic infrastructure will be strengthened using MGNREGA and other Government Schemes.
Agreement between India and Ukraine for cooperation in Agriculture and Food Industry
The Agreement provides for cooperation in various fields of agriculture and food Industry. A Joint Working Group comprising of representatives from both countries would be constituted, the task of which would be to discuss and prepare plans of cooperation in identified sectors and to monitor the implementation of tasks determined by the Parties. The meetings of the Working Group shall take place at least every two years, alternately in the Republic of India and in Ukraine.
This Agreement shall enter into force on the date of its signing and shall remain in force for a period of five years, being automatically extended for subsequent periods of five years. This Agreement can be terminated after six months from the date of receipt of notification of either Party of its intention to terminate this Agreement.
CACP recommends ‘Right to Sell at MSP’
Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) recommended for a law conferring ‘Right to Sell at MSP’ in its Price Policy report for Kharif Crops for 2018-19 season to instill confidence among framers so that their produce is not sold/ procured below Minimum Support Price (MSP) and farmers are not exploited by traders
The Government has increased MSPs substantially for all mandated crops including paddy for the season 2018-19. MSP of paddy (common) has been increased by Rs. 200 and fixed at Rs 1750 per quintal and paddy (grade A) has been increased by Rs 180 and fixed at Rs 1770 per quintal for 2018-19 season which provide adequate return over cost of production.
The National Commission on Farmers (NCF) headed by Dr. M. S. Swaminathan has recommended that the MSP should be at least 50 percent more than the weighted average cost of production. However, when the National Policy for Farmers, 2007 was finalised, this recommendation of providing 50 per cent returns over cost of production was not included.
The Union Budget for 2018-19 had announced the predetermined principle to keep MSP at levels of one and half times the cost of production. Accordingly, Government has increased MSPs for all mandated crops with a return of at least 50 percent over cost of production for the season 2018-19.
ICAR organizes 90th AGM – 2019
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi organized the 90th Annual General Meeting of the ICAR Society at National Agricultural Science Centre Complex, New Delhi today.
Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare congratulated the ICAR for its 90th successful year. Accentuating the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision to double up the farmers’ income by the Year 2022, the Minister also lauded the ICAR’s various steps in the process of realizing the vision.
The Minister also applauded the conferring of Padma Shri Awards to 12 farmers including 2 women farmers by the government for their outstanding contributions in the field of agriculture and farming.
Outlining the achievements made in the field of agricultural education, the Minister mentioned about the accreditation of about 60 Agricultural Universities by the National Agricultural Education Accreditation Board (NAEAB). He further elaborated that around 65 libraries of Agricultural Universities have been linked with KOHA, the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS).
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR) presented the Year Report and briefed about the various achievements made in the Financial Year – 2018 to 2019. In his address, Dr. Mohapatra mentioned about the introduction of more than 400 crops varieties.
Dr. Mohapatra said that around 100 plus Mobile Apps have been developed for farmers’ outreach which depicted considerably good results in helping the farmers to avail the latest technologies in their agricultural fields.
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