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Israel to set up centres of excellence in Bihar: for cultivation of fruits and vegetables

Bihari mangos: boost to horticulture New Delhi/Patna: according to reports, Israel is planning to open two centres of excellence at Nalanda and Vaishali in Bihar in the field of vegetable and mango cultivation respectively to help cultivators increase productivity. In these centres, Israeli agricultural experts along with local farm scientists would impart knowhow of the latest technology to growers to help them raise their production levels, Ohad Horsandi, Israeli Embassy spokesman, told the press recently. “Bihar has fertile land and grows fruits like mango, litchi, banana and various... 

Dr Sanjaya Rajaram of India wins 2014 World Food Prize for increasing wheat production

    Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram with Norman Borlaug Secretary of State John Kerry delivered the keynote address at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of State on June 18, where eminent plant scientist, Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram of India and Mexico, was named winner of the 2014 World Food Prize for increasing world wheat production by more than 200 million tons in the years following the Green Revolution, which has had a far-reaching impact in alleviating world hunger. Dr. Rajaram’s breakthrough achievement in successfully cross breeding winter and spring wheat varieties, which were distinct gene pools... 

Anna’s new mission- 100 farmers in the 2019 parliament

      Anna Hazare After breaking away from the AAP formation, Anna Hazare has been groping for a new vision. What he has come up with so far seemed rather confused and haphazard. But true to Anna spirit, he may have found a worthwhile mission – empowering the farmers of India. If he really sticks to it consistently, he will end up making a huge difference to a constituency known for suicides rather than new political initiatives. Looking at every actual or potential case of farmer’s suicide, it is indeed possible to see a potential leader who can put his energies into empowerment,... 

22 farmer suicides in 3 weeks: outcome of crop failure in Vidarbha/ Marathawada

  Hailstorms led to 9 deaths in 3 days! The Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, a farmers’ advocacy group, has said in a report that 22 farmers have ended their lives in the Vidarbha and Marathawada regions, in the past three weeks. Nine of these deaths took place in just the past three days, after a prolonged and unusual hailstorm destroyed acres of crops, the group says. The Maharashtra government has not confirmed these grim statistics, but has asked for Rs. 5,000 crore from the Centre. Jolted by reports of 22 farmer suicides in three weeks driven by massive crop failure, the Maharashtra... 

Amrapali Group starts agro-industry near Katihar: plans expansions to other districts

    Food Processing Unit of Amrapali Group at Chabilapur, Rajgir Patna: In a bid to boost Bihar’s food processing sector, Tariq Anwar, minister of state for agriculture and food processing industries, laid the foundation stone for a unit on Katihar-Purnea Road in Bhasana, set up by the Amrapali Group. “Bihar has a lot of potential in food processing. The Amrapali group is playing a key role in the progress of the sector in the state. I urge more private firms to come forward and invest here,” he said. “In fact, Bihar is the only state that has the capacity to fulfill the entire’s... 

Yet another power plant in Bihar: in Kajra, Lakhisarai

  Bihar: getting em-powered Patna: The state run NTPC is all set to get another power project in Bihar. This 1.320 MW project would be set up through a joint venture company with the PSU and the state government’s power production company. The project would be situated in Lakhisarai district of the state. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will lay the foundation stone for this project on Saturday. In the joint venture company, the NTPC would own 74 percent, while the rest of the shares will belong to the state government.”We have been trying very long for this project,”... 

Centre clears mega-power project in Banka: Bihar’s power woes to end soon

  Bihar: out of vicious circle of backwardness? Patna: According to recent reports, the central government has cleared the proposal for a 4,000MW ultra mega-power project (UMPP) in Banka, which is likely to leave Bihar’s power woes behind in the next few years. With the project expected to be commissioned by 2019-20, Bihar would get 2,000MW from the plant as the Centre has marked 50 per cent of power from the plant for itself. “We received a letter today (Wednesday) from the ministry of power giving its nod to set up a ultra mega-power project at Banka. We are happy that the Centre has... 

Bihar’s annual milk production up by 14 lakh litres since 2005

  Bihar milk sector: state of splash Biharsharif: Bihar’s annual milk production has gone up by 14 lakh litres since his government has taken charge in 2005, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar claimed recently. The annual milk production, which was four lakh litres, has gone up to 18 lakh, Kumar said here while addressing a function at the Nalanda district after inaugurating an automatic dairy and first tetra pack plant of the state built at a cost of Rs 704 crore. Kumar said that the state government has formulated a 5- year roadmap of Rs 704 crore from 2012-17, for increasing the production,... 

Report is ready: river linking in Bihar ?

    River linking: for better or worse? Patna: An ambitious project to mitigate flood damage in Bihar has taken a major step forward with a central agency finalising the detailed project report for linking four intra-state rivers which would help protect three districts from floods. The multi-purpose project, which envisages diversion of 492 cumecs of flood water from Burhi Gandak river to Baya/Ganga river, would also augment irrigation of over a lakh hectares of farmland. DPR, prepared by the National Water Development Agency (NWDA), is a crucial step in the process of interlinking... 

Bihar to have its own rural management institute: best possible new year gift!

  Rural development: weighing all options! Patna: according to reports, very soon Bihar would have its own institute of rural management called Development Management Institute (DMI). The name was finalised at a recent high-level meeting chaired by chief minister Nitish Kumar where he directed officials concerned to complete recruitment of faculty for the institute by March so that the academic work could begin from the coming academic session, July-August, itself. The minister said: “Opening of such an institute was envisaged while planning the agenda for good governance in 2010-2015. Today... 
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