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World Meteorological Day 2020: 23rd March, Theme and Celebration

World Meteorological Day is celebrated on the 23rd of March every year. Particularly, World Meteorological Day 2020 commemorates the World Meteorological Organization’s establishment day, organization that came into force on March 23rd, 1950. World Meteorological Day 2020 theme The theme of World Meteorological Day this year, for March 23, 2020, is Climate and Water. It will …

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Scientists have identified bacteria that can replace fertilizers & fungicides in tea plants

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Tightening norms on pesticide use in many countries have often harmed team export. Now Indian scientists have come up with a solution to reduce the use of such chemicals in team plantations. Researchers at Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology(IASST) Guwahati, an autonomous institute under Department of Science & …

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J&K govt adopts nine pronged strategies to realise goal of doubling farmers income by 2022

The Government of Jammu and Kashmir has adopted a nine pronged strategy to realise the goal of doubling farmers income by 2022. They include Crop diversification and introduction of hybrid seeds, expansion of area under vegetable cultivation, adoption of robust market-driven agriculture policy, promotion of value addition of certain crops, assured modern irrigation facilities, creation …

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MP: Two-day unique Chilli Festival begins at Kasrawad in Khargone district

In Madhya Pradesh, the two-day unique Chilli Festival begins at Kasrawad in Khargone district today. Chilli Festival is a big business opportunity for traders, investors and exporters. It will also help in fulfilling the Central Government’s goal of doubling the income of farmers. Chilli-based cuisine stalls will also be set up on the occasion. Thousands …

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PM lays foundation stone for Bundelkhand Expressway; also launches 10,000 Farmers Producer Organisations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid foundation stone for the Bundelkhand Expressway and launched the Har Ghar Jal Scheme to provide piped water to the households in Bundelkhand region. Prime Minister also launched 10 thousand farmers Producer Organisations FPO all over the country on this occasion and distributed Kisan Credit Cards (KCC) to the beneficiaries …

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Food processing ministry approves Rs 162 cr under Operation Greens scheme

The government has approved Rs 162 crore under Operation Green scheme which has an outlay of Rs 500 crore to stabilize the supply of tomato, onion and potato (TOP) crops and to ensure their availability round the year without price volatility The government has approved Rs 162 crore under Operation Green scheme which has an …

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Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana

Why in News 32 projects have been sanctioned under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY) of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI). The projects are spread across almost 17 States, leveraging an investment worth ₹406 crores. These projects envisage the creation of direct and indirect employment, especially in rural areas. The Union Government has approved 32 projects in the food processing sector …

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Different Irrigation Systems

Irrigation Irrigation is the artificial application of water to the soil or agricultural field. It is the replacement or supplementation of rainwater with another source of water. It is used in dry areas and during periods of inadequate rainfall. The main idea behind irrigation systems is to assist in the growth of agricultural crops and …

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Pesticide Management In India

This  article is based on “Pesticide Management Bill 2020 must address important concerns” which was published in Down To Earth on 14/02/2020. It talks about pesticide management in India. Agriculture in India is largely dependent on chemicals including pesticides and their usage has a huge impact on the health of humans, animals, biodiversity and the environment. In …

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Revamp of the Crop Insurance Schemes

Why in News Recently, the Union Cabinet has approved the revamp of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) and the Restructured Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (RWBCIS). The revamped scheme will be effective from 2020 Kharif season. Key Changes Reduced Share of the Centre: The Centre has slashed its share of the premium subsidy from the current 50% to …

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