Kisan Suvidha – Mobile App of farmers with new features

The app has developed by The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare to make the farmers well aware of all parameters. And the app can be accessed free of cost.

Farmers can access information such as Weather; Market Prices; Plant Protection; Agro-advisory; Extreme Weather Alerts; Dealers–Seed, Pesticide, Fertilizer, Farm Machinery; Soil Health Card; Cold Storages & Godowns, Veterinary
Centres and Diagnostic Labs.

In addition to this the ICAR has compiled more of 100 apps which was developed by state Agricultural Universities and Krishi Vigyan Kendras and uploaded on its site.

Also read : Top 3 Agri Apps Released By Government Of India | That You Should Know About !

SMART Project

The Government of India, Government of Maharashtra and the World Bank signed here today a US$ 420 million project to help Small and Marginal farmers. This project is assisted by world bank and The project will cover almost one-fourth of Maharashtra’s village.

The focus of the project is clearly on villages. The project will be in the areas of climate resilient practices in agriculture, micro irrigation systems, expand surface water storage, and facilitate aquifer recharge, which is expected to directly contribute to a
more efficient use of scarce water resources.

CACP and MSP can be replaced

Think tank of GOI, Niti Aayog released a document by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, “Strategy For New INDIA @75”. In its document it suggested , for setting up of Agri tribunal replacing Commission on Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) and NITI Aayog have to set up a group for examine for replacing the Minimum Support Price (MSP) by a minimum reserve price (MRP), which could be the starting point for auctions at mandis.

It stated that group should also have to examine if MSP can be fixed based on the surplus produce, products in deficit in domestic market but available globally and products that are in deficit both domestically and globally.

CACP is an advisory body for the government that suggests the MSP for 22 Kharif and Rabi crops.

“Monitoring of Pesticide Residues at National Level” (MPRNL) scheme

The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare is implementing “Monitoring of
Pesticide Residues at National Level” (MPRNL) scheme, under which Registration Committee is constituted. Under the scheme food commodities are collected and analyzed for the presence of pesticide residues.

During 2012-18, a total of 1,21,944 samples have been collected and analyzed, out of which 2,878 (2.4 %) samples were found exceeding Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) Maximum Residue Level (MRL). No residues of the banned pesticides have been detected in food commodities under MPRNL Scheme.

MSP Raised for season 2018-19

Government of INDIA has raised the MSP with a return of at least 50% of crop
production for all mandated crops, for the season 2018-19. Raising the MSP by at least 50% more than the production cost was recommended by National commission on Farmers headed by Dr. M.S.Swaminathan on 2007. In determining the MSP, Cost of
production is one of the important factors.

Government fixes minimum support prices (MSPs) of 22 mandated agricultural crops and fair and remunerative price (FRP) for
sugarcane on the basis of recommendations of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP).

India Brazil technical cooperation in production of indigenous breeds

Dr. José Ribamar Felipe Marques, Director, Buffalo Research and Development, Brazil, met Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh. Brazil’s help will be sought in Embryo transfer technology (ETT), promotion of In Vitro
Fertilization (IVF), sex-sorted semen production of Indian indigenous breeds, and training of professionals in the country. Genomic chips developed by Brazil which are useful in increasing the productivity of Indian indigenous breeds.

To develop breeding techniques, 4 animal breeding Centers of Excellence have been established in the country in which Two Excellence Centers in Kalsi Uttarakhand and Central Agricultural
University, Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Motihari are being established with the help of Brazil.

Recombinant ELISA kits

Recombinant Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay kits has been released for notifiable diseases in India, they are Glanders and Equine Infectious Anaemia. Glanders caused by a bacterium known as Burkholderia mallei which has zoonotic potential is a fatal
infectious and notifiable disease of equines including horses, donkeys and mules. This organism is considered as potential bio-weapon and categorized under Tier 1 Select Agent.

National Research Centre on Equines has been able to develop a recombinant Hcp1 antigen ELISA as an alternative to complement-fixation test (CFT). This ELISA has a huge potential of international commercialization as recombinant protein-based ELISA is not available in any other country. This technology will prove to be a milestone in the control and eradication of glanders from India.

Equine infectious anaemia (EIA) is a chronic, debilitating and persistent infectious disease of equines caused by a retrovirus. It is an OIE notifiable disease. NRCE has also developed recombinant p26 protein-based ELISA as an alternative to Coggins test.

This technology will provide sustainable and homogeneous source of antigen and harmonized protocol to ensure regular surveillance of EIA. Both kits are highly economical as compare to imported kits.

Production increases from GM crops

As the regulatory framework for approval of Genetically Modified Crops has been well established adoption of GM Crops has been increased which results in the production of cotton which increased from 86.21 lakh bales in 2002-03 to 348.88 lakh bales in 2017-18. The productivity of cotton increased from 191 kg per hectare in 2002-03 to 477
kg per hectare in 2017-18 and the production of cotton has been increased from 86.21 lakh bales in 2002-03 to 348.88 lakh bales in 2017-18 due to adoption of Bt. cotton in the Country.

There is a well established regulatory framework for approval of Genetically Modified (GM) Crops as per “Rules for the Manufacture/Use/Import/Export and Storage of hazardous Microorganisms, Genetically Engineered Organisms or Cells, 1989” under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 in the Country.

ICAR Republic Day Tableau Kisan Gandhi bags First Prize

In the total of 22 tableaux rolled down during the 70th Republic Day Parade, the ICAR Republic Day tableau rolled down at Rajpath, awarded First Prize was with the theme of integrated farming, “Mishrit Kheti, Khushiyon Ki Kheti”. The award was handed over by Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Defence, to the ICAR team.

The tableau of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) passes through the Rajpath, at the 70th Republic Day Celebrations, in New Delhi on January 26, 2019.

In the tableau, Gandhiji, was shown with swadeshi breeds of goats and cow. Tableau also features Organic agriculture, revolution in cotton and milk production and food safety analysis for better health. Kasturba Gandhi was also shown engaged with Charkha and caring for animals at Bapu Kuti at Wardha Ashram. It symbolized livestock
based sustainable and climate resilient agriculture.

Tripura Tableau with the theme Empowering the rural economy the Gandhian way has awarded the best among the states.

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