Japan will provide a grant of US$ 2,26,186, approximately Tk 1.81 crore, for two agricultural development projects in rural areas of Bangladesh.

Plant will manufacture agricultural implements, hydraulic reversible plough, seedbed preparation implements, cultivators & disc harrows

Germany based Agro equipment manufacturer Lemken GmbH & Co. KG has set up a manufacturing plant in Nagpur with the investment of Rs 60 crore. The plant will manufacture agricultural implements, hydraulic reversible plough, seedbed preparation implements, cultivators & disc harrows. This Lemken's first manufacturing plant out of Europe.

To get outlay of Rs 20,000-25,000 cr proposal for subisdised loans, too

The government has decided on a comprehensive push for mechanisation of agriculture, by setting up machinery hiring centres in every village in the 12th Plan period. These machinery is to be leased for harvest with support from states and the Centre (in either a 10:90 or 20:80 proportion). The entire mission is expected to get an outlay of Rs 20,000-25,000 crore, sources said.

India is the largest producer, consumer, importer and processor of pulses in the world. Ironically, the country’s pulse production has been hovering around 14–15 Mt, coming from a near-stagnated area of 22–23 M ha, since 1990–91. For meeting the demand of the growing population, the country is importing pulses to the tune of 2.5–3.5 Mt every year. Strong upward trend in the import of pulses is a cause of concern, since an increase in demand from India has shown to have cascading effect on international prices, thus draining the precious foreign exchange.

Despite the steady growth of India’s farm sector in the past five years, the country has not been able to utilise fully the many scientific achievements in the agriculture sector, Prime Minister Ma

The National Agricultural Research Plan (NARP) is a consolidated action plan for scientific research in agriculture. It sets out the research agenda of the major thrust areas in agriculture.

Mechanization in agriculture through modern power sources along with matching implements brings in added operational capacity, reduced dependence on labour, timeliness in field operations. This would lead to increased productivity and conservation of inputs, besides increase in profitability and sustainability of agriculture.

India's economic success has been remarkable; India's agricultural success will follow. Rural India still needs nurturing, not necessarily by just extra funding, but with vision and leadership addressing issues, with down to earth, workable solutions.

Using macro level data on MGNREGA performance in drought-prone states of Karnataka and Rajasthan as well as in irrigation-dominated state of Andhra Pradesh, this study has revealed that the impact of MGNREGA wage on the economic scarcity of labour is relatively modest when compared with the impact of hike in non-farm wages. Even though the provision of food security through public distribution system has contributed to the economic scarcity of labour, the relative hike in non-farm wages is contributing to higher economic scarcity of labour rather than PDS and MGNREGA wages.

What do the blue jeans you wear, the hamburger you have for lunch, and the sheet you make your bed with have in common? They all take copious amounts of water to produce. One pair of blue jeans takes 2,900 gallons or about 78 bathtubs of water. Even your morning cup of coffee takes 37 gallons (about one bathtub) of water