India raises import duties on many items

22 : India raised import duties on almost 30 items including agricultural and steel products in protest against the US imposing higher levies on products shipped from the country. Earlier, US hiked tariffs on certain steel and aluminium products which had tariff implication of $241 million on India. China, EU and other trading partners have also hiked tariffs in protest.0

Cabinet approved ‘Three Year Action Plan’

Union Cabinet has approved the continuation of the Three Year Action Plan (2017-2020) of the scheme for Agricultural Education Division and ICAR Institutes with an outlay of Rs.2225.46 crore. It comprises of: “Strengthening and Development of Higher Agricultural Education in India” The scheme is aimed to generate quality human resources from the institutions of higher agricultural education

Successful launch of observation satellite

China successfully launched a new Earth observation satellite which will be mainly used in agricultural resources research and disaster monitoring. A scientific experiment satellite named Luojia-1 was sent into space at the same time. The Gaofen-6 satellite was launched on a Long March-2D rocket.

HP govt to promote organic farming

The Himachal Pradesh government has decided to promote organic farming in a big way and plans to adopt an integrated approach for promoting organic and zero budget natural farming system. The government has introduced ‘Prakritik Kheti Khushhaal Kisaan Yojana’ (PKKKY). PKKKY will enhance agricultural income by adopting low-cost climate-resilient Zero Budget Natural Farming System.

TNAU seed centre bags award

The seed centre at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) has bagged an award for excellence in research on seed technology. The best performance centre award was presented at the annual group meeting of the all-India coordinated research project on national seed projects. All agricultural universities under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research participated in the meet.

YES Bank to launch water-security programme

YES Bank is all set to roll out a capacity building project with farmers in Haryana and Rajasthan under its ‘Livelihood and Water Security’ CSR initiative. The overall focus of the programme would be on sustainable agricultural practices and digital literacy. The programme would be rolled out initially across 15 districts (eight districts in Haryana and seven in Rajasthan).

Cabinet approves MSP for Raw Jute

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister has given its approval for the increase in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Raw Jute.The increased MSP is based on recommendations of Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices. The Jute Corporation of India will be the Central Nodal Agency to undertake price support operations at MSP in the Jute growing states.

First Ever International SME Convention

First Ever International SME Convention will be held in New Delhi from 22nd to 24th April.The convention has specific focus on inclusion of MSMEs in Make in India program &empowering women entrepreneurs. India is home to more than 60 million MSMEs, majority of who are in low-tech areas. MSMEs constitute a single largest employer after Agriculture sector in India.

Sikkim will give pension to organic farmers

Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling announced monthly pension of 1000 rupees for farmers engaged in organic farming in the state.Sikking government has banned sale and consumption of non-organic agricultural and horticultural products. Organic farming doesn’t involve the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Sikkim is the first fully organic state in the country.

Fighting Air Pollution

To support the efforts of the Governments of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and NCT of Delhi to address air pollution. Cabinet approved a scheme for the promotion of agricultural mechanisation for in-situ management of crop residue. The key component of this scheme is to establish a Farm Machinery Bank for Custom Hiring of in-situ crop residue management machinery.