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National Fertilizers Limited launches Mobile Soil Testing Labs

On June 29, 2020, the National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) launched the Mobile Soil Testing Labs. Around 5 mobile labs were launched by NFL to promote appropriate use of fertilizers to maintain soil quality. Highlights The Mobile Soil Testing labs have been constructed on a four wheeler and are are loaded with soil testing equipment. They ..

PM Formalization of Micro Food Processing Enterprises Scheme launched

On June 29, 2020, the Minister of Food Processing Smt Harsimat Kaur Badal launched the PM Formalization of Micro Food Processing Enterprises scheme under the Atma Nirbhar Bharat programme. Highlights The scheme will generate Rs 35,000 crore of investment in the country. Also, it will generate employment for 9 lakh skilled and semi-skilled labours. It ..

Make in India: Locust Control Sprayer

The trials of Locust Control ULV sprayer under Make in India initiative were conducted in Ajmer and Bikaner and were successful. The trials were conducted by the Department of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare. Highlights According to the United Nations, India is the first country to control locusts through drones. The GoI has also issued Standard ..

Minor Forest Produce makes record for the first time

The Minor Forest Produce (MFP) under the Minimum Support Price has hit a record breaking high of Rs 79.42 crores. With this, the total procurement for the year has crossed Rs 2000 crores. Highlights Among the state, Chhattisgarh leads with MFP procurement of 20,270 tonnes worth Rs 52.80 crores. It is followed by Odisha and ..

What is MoU Monitoring Mechanism of Uttar Pradesh?

Uttar Pradesh has introduced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Monitoring Mechanism in a move that aims at better implementation of investment proposals through hand holding interested investors and better tracking of the MoUs signed. A new MoU tracking portal that will be integrated with its single window system Nivesh Mitra. Besides, all concerned departments will ..

What is KisanRath?

KisanRath is a mobile app developed by the National Informatics Centre to help farmers and traders in the primary and secondary transportation of their agriculture and horticulture produce in times of pandemic. Through this app, transport can be availed from the farm gate itself to the mandi and also from one mandi to another. From ..

Chak Hao Rice gets GI Tag

The Manipuri black rice variety called Chak Hao was recently given GI tag recognition. It has been in use for centuries in the north-east. About Chak Hao is a black rice variety cultivated in Manipur. It has been in use for centuries and is cultivated by traditional methods. It is either cultivated by direct sowing ..

Betel Leaf

More than 1.5 million farmers in West Bengal are facing losses as they are finding it difficult to auction their harvests of betel leaves. Betel Betel is a vine plant that belongs to the same family as pepper and kava. Its leaf is consumed across Asia, along with tobacco or areca nut. It is an ..