In an unseemly hurry the state finance minister, Mr Asim Dasgupta, today
announced that the state government would declare eight districts
drought-affected if there is a rainfall deficit till 15 August which is the
deadline for paddy transplantation.

A micro-level study was conducted in Bankura district in India with 50 tribal and 50 non-tribal farmers practicing mixed crop-livestock farming. The farmers were asked about several animal welfare criteria including those for draft animals.

KOLKATA, 18 JULY: The initiatives taken by the state government to woo the tribal populace in Junglemahal may hit a roadblock as the Backward Classes Welfare (BCW) department, supposed to undertake the projects as a nodal department, is facing trouble in arranging funds.

The first thing that greets the eye at Amader Haspatal, a rural hospital in a remote part of West Bengal's tribal dominated Bankura district, is the sheer burst of colour all around.

The continuing hot spell across the state has claimed three lives
today.

Goats are increasingly seen as a threat to the ecology as they feed on any type of plant species. But goat keeping continues to be an important livelihood activity for the resource poor people. BAIF has promoted a number of initiatives with twin goals of helping small farmers in rearing goats and also protecting the environment.

Joint Forest Management (JFM), the partnership between the Government Forest Department and forest-fringe community (organised through the Forest Protection Committees (FPCs) towards Forest Protection, had its inception in the state of West Bengal and is considered to be the most successful in this state.

Joint Forest Management (JFM), the partnership between the Government Forest Department and the forest-fringe community (organized through the Forest Protection Committees (FPCs) towards forest protection had its inception in the state of West Bengal and is considered to be the most successful in this state. Bankura (North) Division, being part of the successful JFM zone, has some unique features like diverse topographical configurations and availability of commercially viable minerals beneath the forests in some areas and regions like Barjora.

For the CPI-M led state government, industrialisation evidently comes ahead of all other issues, even at the expense of development in tribal dominated areas.

BANKURA: Widespread deaths of cattle have spread panic in the Onda block in Bankura. In a fortnight, the block recorded 24 livestock casualties. The Bankura District Livestock Department has also expressed concern over the matter.

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