Indian Agriculture

Loan Waiver and Farmers’ Suicides

March 23, 2017

In this article, we examine why loan waivers are considered as inefficient measures to tackle the issue farmers’ suicide. Learning from the past (2008 loan waiving policy) Loan waiver on one side is seen as solution to all the financial problems of the farmers, on the other...

Seeds Bill 2004: Salient Features & Current Status

March 2, 2017

According to a report published in Economic Times (February 13, 2017), the government is planning to revive the Seeds Bill, which was first introduced in 2004 and last in 2014 but has never seen the light of the day. Here is a review of the bill. Introduction...

Horticulture Vis-à-vis Food Grain Cultivation

January 24, 2017

In recent years, several factors have driven the horticulture production to boost up over the foodgrain production in the country.  Horticulture is the branch of agriculture that deals with the art, science, technology and business of growing plants. It initially involved four areas of study- Pomology (fruit...

Krishonnati Yojana

May 11, 2016

There are three departments in Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare viz. Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare; Department of Agricultural Research and Education and Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries. With the change in central government in 2014, the schemes of the ministry were...

Integrated Development and Management of Fisheries

May 11, 2016

Integrated Development and Management of Fisheries (Blue Revolution) is the name of an integrated / umbrella scheme covering all existing schemes related to fisheries. This scheme was approved by Union Cabinet in December 2015 and the total outlay is of Rs. 3000 Crore for five years. Components...

Rashtriya Pashudhan Vikas Yojna

May 11, 2016

Earlier schemes related to Dairy and Livestock have been put together under the umbrella of Rashtriya Pashudhan Vikas Yojna (White Revolution) by the Union Government. This umbrella includes National Diary Plan/National Programme for Dairy Development, Dairy Entrepreneurship, Assistance to Cattle Institutes, Indigenous Breeds, National Programme for Bovine...

National Livestock Mission

May 11, 2016

The NDA Government has launched National Livestock Mission (NLM) from 2014-15. Objective The objective of this mission is to ensure quantitative and qualitative improvement in livestock production systems and capacity building of all stakeholders of livestock economy. Sub-Missions There are four sub-missions of National Livestock Mission as...

National Mission on Oilseeds and Oil Palm (NMOOP)

May 10, 2016

India has a serious import dependency in edible oil. One of the biggest constraints to raising oilseed output has been that production is largely in rain-fed areas. Only one fourth of the oilseed producing area in the country remains under the irrigation. In 1986, government had launched...

Economics of Animal Rearing: Mithun

February 16, 2016

The mithun (Bos frontalis) is an important bovine animal also known as “cattle of the mountains”. It is endemic to the hilly region of North East India and also found in  few areas of China, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Bhutan. According to the 2007 livestock census, Mithun population...

Problems of Plantation Sector in India

February 15, 2016

In September and October 2015, there were agitations and strikes by the plantation workers in Kerala.  In a major contrast, the agitations were initially led by women tea-leaf pickers under the collective name of ‘Pombilai Orumai’ in Munnar, Kerala. They challenged their own trade unions and simultaneously...

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