User: phemk23 Topic: Gujarat Agriculture
Category: Gujarat Agriculture
Last updated: Oct 10 2018 12:58 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Increasing farmers' income through reduction in cost of cultivation 13.8.2018 DNA: India
When the goal of increasing the income of farmers and workers has gained national priority across the spectrum of ideological boundaries, is not it strange that excessive focus is on increasing prices and not on decreasing cost? What is the political economy of this bias? Reducing cost requires triggering debate on sustainability, saving water, soil, seed and all inputs in such a manner that farmers improve his income by reducing the cost to oneself but also to mother nature. Reduction in cost takes place when we get more crop with less water as Harbhajan, suggested in early 2000. He suggested irrigation in alternate rows of cotton thus halving water requirement and also reducing the incidence of pest without any adverse effect on crop yield (more on it next week). Growing coriander around chickpea reduces pest attack in parts of Haryana due to predators attracted by nectar-rich coriander. Micro-toxins produced by using old bajra flour in early nineties in Gujarat were used as pesticides in Gujarat. One ...
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Handover groundnut scam probe to sitting High Court judge: Congress 12.8.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) chief Amit Chavda sought an inquiry into the ongoing groundnut scam in the state by a sitting High Court judge. Chavda was addressing the media on Saturday. "We want a judicial inquiry into the groundnut scam. This is an organized scam. Each groundnut warehouse is being run in a corrupt way. The ruling party is targeting the small fish while big ones are free," said Chavda. "The ruling party is blaming the Congress for the scam and saying no BJP members are involved. Rather than playing a blame game, the chief minister should seek a judicial inquiry," added Chavda. The Congress also announced to stage a protest and conduct rallies across the state on Monday. "The top BJP leaders are saving themselves. Hence, they are not in favour of any probe. We are going to stage protest and rallies in districts across the state," Chavda said. Paresh Dhanani, leader of opposition in state assembly also addressed the media in Gandhidham, Kutch. He said the government is only ...
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PM Narendra Modi’s insurance scheme for farmers sees poor response in Rajasthan 7.8.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
The farmers’ interests to avail Modi government’s flagship scheme Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna has declined drastically in Rajasthan. A dip of 33 per cent in its coverage has been reported, which is the highest as compared to the other states across the country. In a reply made in Parliament recently the Union state minister for Agriculture Purushottam Rupala shared details of progress of the scheme which was launched in the year 2016-17. The details underline poorest response of farmers to the scheme in Rajasthan, registering a decline of over 3 million farmers here.  Nearly 91.5 lakh farmers were registered under the insurance scheme in 2016-17, which in the following year reached to 60.1 lakh, recording a dip of 33 per cent. Rajasthan is not alone where the crop insurance scheme failed to attract farmers. In Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, West Bengal etc, the scheme’s coverage has declined.  In these states the farmers coverage dipped in lakhs up to 10 lakh ...
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PMFBY: Gujarat High Court directs insurance company to pay for crop damage 4.8.2018 DNA: Top News
The Gujarat High Court has directed an insurance company to pay the dues to a farmer under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY).  The high court's direction came after it was brought to the notice of the court that despite a recommendation by district level committee of PMFBY, the insurance company has not bothered to act on it.  The court has asked the company to act as expeditiously as possible on the order and preferably within a period of four weeks. The matter pertains to a petition filed by a farmer who alleged that the insurance company was not acting on his insurance claim application. This was despite the fact that his application for insurance claims was forwarded by the district level committee.  He had further stated that despite having put a claim, the company was not dealing with it and not giving any reason for the delay. The petitioner said that he had paid an insurance premium of Rs 2,801 under the PMFBY for his paddy crop through the SBI.  The said crop was affected by a ...
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GROUNDNUT SCAM: Gujarat Congress seeks HC-monitored SIT probe 2.8.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
Alleging direct involvement of BJP leaders in groundnut procurement scam, the Opposition Congress on Wednesday demanded a HC-monitored probe by a Special Investigation Team (SIT). The demand came a day after stones and mud were found to be mixed in large quantities with groundnut stock in a warehouse in Pedhla village of Rajkot district. State Congress president Amit Chavda, former president Arjun Modhwadia, and MLA Harshad Ribadiya said at a joint press conference that procurement of the groundnut stocked in the warehouse had taken place in a farm owned by BJP taluka president Mulu Junjiya in Nani Dhanej village of Junagadh, in place of the office or godown of Moti Dhanej Mandli. "NAFED procured groundnut from middlemen and not farmers. Quality stock of groundnut was sold to oil mills, and replaced with low quality groundnut mixed with stones and mud to perpetrate this Rs 17.17-crore scam," they alleged. Ribadiya said he had written to Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on February 5 and complained about the ...
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Hunger Death 31.7.2018 Govt of india: PIB
In so far as Department of Food & Public Distribution, Government of India is concerned, no State Government/Union Territory Administration has reported any incident of death due to hunger/starvation.
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Sugar mills in Gujarat do not owe single rupee to farmers: Deputy CM Nitin Patel 29.7.2018 DNA: Money
Deputy chief minister, Nitin Patel said on Saturday that not a single sugar mill in Gujarat owes any money to farmers. Speaking at the Deccan Sugar Technologists Association's 64th conference held at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, he said sugar manufacturing societies have provided the best example in the nation. Patel said, "Sugar production is the cooperative activity in Gujarat and farmers of Gujarat have always accepted cooperative module, may it be milk, sugar, irrigation or marketing of agriculture produces. Sugar mills in state are indebted with Rs. 23,000 crore that is payable to farmers who sold them sugarcanes, but no any sugar mill in Gujarat owes to farmers." "Almost one crore tonnes of sugarcanes are crushed in different mills of Gujarat every year and that produces 10 lakh metric tonne of sugar. The sugar mills run on cooperative basis are making profit and that is the result of cooperative module. Now it is time to give more return to farmers by value addition in by products of this ...
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'It's politics of elections, not economic politics of farmers' 27.7.2018 Rediff: Interviews
'I want to ask Modiji is the support price announced by him good enough to make a farmer's sons to start farming in their villages?'
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Gujarat: Dumpyard in Bopal makes mornings of DPS students miserable and nasty 27.7.2018 DNA: India
You might consider covering your nose with a hanky before you dare to enter the road that leads to Delhi Public School, in Bopal. Just a few yards ahead, you will bump into a pile of garbage that is abysmally growing into a hillock. And, the locals say it's not just the awful stink but also the filth that lies all over the road that spoils the mood of the passer-by. The bovines feed themselves on the heap of the waste. It adds to the risk , and that ads a risk to the dailys commuters. Khusbhoo Parikh, one of the commuters, said: "I usually use this road to go to the market to buy vegetables. The stink is increasing and unbearable." Last February, after making several efforts drawing the attention of local authorities to the garbage dump, the school authorities had sought help from the state health minister. Concerned with air pollution, the school authorities on December 31, 2017 had written to the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) seeking their intervention in the matter. However, when there ...
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Address by the Hon’ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind on the Occasion of Dedication of a Medical College and Hospital to the Nation in Jagdalpur 26.7.2018 Govt of india: PIB
I feel a special affinity when I am among my tribal brothers and sisters in Chhattisgarh. As such, I was extremely happy to accept the invitation of Chief Minister Raman Singh to be here today. There was another reason too. Yesterday, I completed a year of my Presidency.
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Genetically modified foods sold illegally in India finds research body 26.7.2018 Zee News : India National
Releasing the results of the study here on Thursday, CSE’s Pollution Monitoring Laboratory (PML), which conducted this study, tested 65 food products available in Indian markets – 32 percent of these were found to be GM-positive.
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Demanding Relaxation of Cabotage Rule for Movement of Cotton 25.7.2018 Govt of india: PIB
The Government of India has relaxed Cabotage rule for movement of cotton from Gujarat to Tamil Nadu. The Ministry of Textiles took up the matter and facilitated interaction between textile industry and the shipping industry for ensuring hassle free movement of cotton bales at competitive prices.
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Gujarat: Strike intensifies, many more trucks go off the road 22.7.2018 DNA: Wide Angle
The indefinite national strike by transporters intensified in Gujarat on Saturday as more trucks went off the road. Truckers said the strike will continue till the government accepts their demands. Since essential items like milk, vegetables, medicines and vehicular fuel have not been kept out of the strike, masses are not affected, but industries are affected as supply of raw materials and dispatch of finished products has taken a hit. Transporters have put the shutters down because of reasons like the uncertainty of fares due to the daily change in the price of diesel, significant rise in insurance costs and wastage of time at toll booths and other reasons. "Fuel prices have risen by about 25%, insurance cost has grown manifold, while business has not grown. Margins are shrinking. How can one survive in such conditions?" said Jitu Sanghvi, former vice president of Akhil Gujarat Truck Transporters Association (AGTTA), which is leading the strike in Gujarat. The nationwide strike is led by All India ...
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Day one of transporters strike: No impact on milk, vegetable supplies in Gujarat 21.7.2018 DNA: Top News
The supply of industrial raw materials and dispatch of finished goods bore the brunt on day one of the indefinite strike called by transporters. However, the supply of vegetables, milk and petroleum products remained immune, said players across sectors. Transporters resorted to the extreme measure following a steep rise in their input costs and want measures from the government that would remove uncertainty and reduce costs. Jitu Sanghvi, a member of Akhil Gujarat Truck Transport Association (AGTTA), which is leading the strike in Gujarat, said normally the response is muted on the first day of the strike but the response on Friday was much more than expected. "Truck traffic was reduced to about 20 per cent without any coercive measures. Transporters are staying away from business. We are getting similar response from other states as well. The movement of trucks in Punjab is negligible to what is on an average day," Sanghvi told DNA. Mukesh Dave, executive president of AGTTA said it is difficult for ...
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Ahmedabad emerges as key garment manufacturing hub 20.7.2018 DNA: India
Once called as Manchester of the East, Ahmedabad is emerging as a major centre for manufacturing cotton garments across India. Low overhead costs and conducive city infrastructure are drawing key manufacturers to the city. The city, now home to around 5,000 manufacturers, has seen a significant spurt in the number — from about 500 — over a decade. While the local manufacturers have expanded their operations over the last couple of years, manufacturers from outside the state have also poured into the city because of the low cost of production. "No other major Indian city has so low overhead cost as Ahmedabad. Retail and wholesale buyers, as well as players of organized retails, have set their eyes on Ahmedabad to source products," said Vijay Purohit, president of Gujarat Garment Manufacturers Association (GGMA) which began three-day GGMA Garment Fair at Gujarat Universtiy Exhibition Ground on Thursday. Products are cheaper by about 30 per cent as compared to those in larger cities like Mumbai, also called ...
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Gujarat: A week after transfers, three IAS shifted again 20.7.2018 DNA: India
In a surprise move, three IAS officers, including former Ahmedabad municipal commissioner Mukesh Kumar, who was among the 21 officers transferred just last week, have been shifted again. Kumar, who was appointed as secretary of primary & secondary education in the education department in the last reshuffle on July 12, has been moved to Gujarat Maritime Board as vice chairman & chief executive officer. He replaces Mohammad Shahid, who has now been shifted to agriculture, farmers welfare and cooperation department as secretary (animal husbandry, cow breeding, fisheries & cooperation). The state government had transferred former Vadodara municipal commissioner Vinod Rao to this post in last week's reshuffle, but he has been appointed as secretary of primary & secondary education in Kumar's place in today's mini-rejig. The state government had transferred 21 IAS officers, including several additional chief secretaries and principal secretaries, in what was a much-awaited round of transfers on July ...
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Gujarat' Dahod, Narmada get Centre's attention, two dedicated ministers 19.7.2018 DNA: India
After terming Dahod and Narmada as aspirational districts, an initiative of the central government, two senior ministers along with IAS officers have been given the responsibility of both the districts. Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani and Union Agriculture Minister Parshottam Rupala have been given the responsibility of Dahod and Narmada, along with two IAS officers Rajkumar and RP Gupta. The aspirational districts programme of the central government aims to improve the socio-economic status of various districts, selected by the central government across states. After the National Achievement Survey's startling results, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had chosen 117 districts and declared eight indicators. Out of these 117 districts, Gujarat's Narmada and Dahod were selected. In the June report, Dahod emerged as the top district among 117, whereas Narmada was ranked 13. Confirming the same, state education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said: "The central government has appointed two senior officers ...
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Vibrant Gujarat Startup Summit to showcase Indian innovations 19.7.2018 DNA: India
The upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Startup and Technology Summit will showcase local startups and innovators that offer technology solutions to problems specific to India, a senior state government official said here on Wednesday. The summit will also showcase next generation technology that will deeply impact day-to-day lives and revolutionise the manufacturing sector. "There will be startups displaying precision agriculture, which can be useful for Indian farmers. Those offering solutions in healthcare will also showcase their solutions," said D Thara, vice-chairman and managing director of Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) said, while announcing the three-day summit that will begin from October 11 at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar. Thara said that the summit will be an extension of the first edition of Startup Summit held in 2016, as a run up to the Vibrant Gujarat Summit of 2017. This time also it will be a part of a number of summits as a precursor to the Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2019. The ...
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Why India's milk producers are angry 17.7.2018 Rediff: Interviews
'While dairy farmers are suffering from low prices, consumers are paying a high price for milk.'
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Gujarat garment fair: Organisers fear shortfall in orders 17.7.2018 DNA: Bangalore
Gujarat garment fair: Organisers fear shortfall in orders
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