Want to know what is going on in the agricultural sector of India? Here’s a round-up of the top 10 news.
1. Youth And Digital Agriculture Is The Future: PM Modi
During an address at International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics(ICRISAT) Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that youth and digital agriculture are the future of agriculture in India. He said that as the agriculture sector is now using Artificial Intelligence(AI) for crop assessment, land mapping, etc, the youth can play a key role in empowering farmers with digital technology. PM Modi also mentioned that the sector is focusing more on FPOs and have surplus food grains to make one of the biggest food security program. Read more here.
2. Mustard Seed Sowing Up By 22% In This Rabi Season: Agriculture Ministry
According to the data released by the agriculture ministry, mustard seed sowing in India is up by 22.46% whereas wheat crop remains slightly lower so far in the ongoing 2021-22 rabi season. This rise in mustard seed sowing is a positive sign for a country that depends on imports to meet 60% of its domestic requirement. Among oilseeds, rapeseed and mustard seed were sown in about 88.54 lakh hectare in 2021-22 as compared to 72.30 lakh hectare in the year-ago period. Read more here.
3. Telangana Sets Up Seed Testing Lab
A seed testing lab established as Telangana International Seed Testing Authority (TISTA) at Rajendranagar by Telangana State Seed and Organic Certification Authority (TSSOCA) has been recognised by the International Seed Testing Authority (ISTA). The seed testing lab has world-class facilities and will help improve the productivity and production of various crops. This will help farmers across the country by making available quality seeds. This will save them from the losses caused because of inferior quality seeds. Read more here.
4. 55% Subsidy on Various Irrigation Equipment
The Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (DA&FW) has launched ‘Per Drop More Crop’ under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY-PDMC). This scheme focuses on improving the water usage better at the farm level through micro-irrigation using drips and sprinkler irrigation systems. The government is providing subsidy or financial assistance at 55 per cent of the indicative unit cost to the farmers and at 45 per cent to other cultivators on the installation of Drip and Sprinkler Irrigation systems under the Per Drop More Crop scheme. Read more here.
5. Cash-based Agricultural Schemes In Union Budget 2022
Cash-based Agricultural Schemes have been heavily allocated in Budget 2022. These will help with direct monetary benefits and investments will be done to improve agriculture infrastructure. Rs 1.04 lakh crore has been allocated to just five schemes: Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN), Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), Modified Interest Subvention Scheme, Market Intervention Scheme and Price Support Scheme; and Pradhan Mantri Kisan Man Dhan Yojana. All of these schemes will provide cash benefits to individual farmers. Read more here.
6. Complete Your eKYC To Get 11th Installment Of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi
The facility to do eKYC has started and only after completing it you can get the 11th installment of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi given under PM Kisan Yojana. eKYC can be done on the official website with Aadhaar based OTP authentication while biometric authentication can be done at nearest CSC centers. You can also complete it using PM Kisan mobile app while sitting at home. Read more here.
7. Honey Export Helps Earn ₹760 Crore: Experts
Speaking at Punjab Agricultural University, Dr Balraj Singh, project coordinator at ICAR-All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) has said that 60% of honey is being exported which helps earn ₹760 crore through foreign exchange. He also expressed concerns about adulteration in honey and how training youth for beekeeping can help generate income for farmers and unemployed youth. Read more here.
8. MOFPI Honours Cashew Venture In Kannur
The Ministry of Food Processing Industries(MOFPI) has selected a cashew venture in Kannur and will feature it in 75 success stories of micro food processing enterprises across the country. The venture Eatery Malabarikas has diversified its cashew use to cashew pickles, soup, biscuits and other products. The prototype idea of this business had received support from the Promotion of Agriculture through Commercialization And Entrepreneurship. Read more here.
9. AAU, Vadodara To Offer Master’s In Agriculture Analytics
Anand Agricultural University based out of Vadodra has signed an MoU with Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology to collaborate in the domain of agriculture for research, education and development. This masters course will help students understand the importance of analytics and utilize the same in the agriculture field for better outcomes. The focus of this course will be on conducting research projects in areas such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. Read more here.
10. Now make Journal And Cash/Bank Book Entries In Bills & Reports Of ChargeERP
ChargeERP, the easiest, fastest, and most secure mandi accounting software from Bijak has introduced an option to record Journal and Cash/Bank Book entries in the Bills and Reports module. The Journal module help record miscellaneous transactions such as food and beverage expenses, etc. The Cash/Bank Book module help maintain an online book to record all cash and bank-related transactions. Cash/Bank book tells users how much money they started with, and how much they are left with at the end of the day.