An elephant census released by the Union ministry of environment, forests and climate change revealed an expansion in elephant areas, even while the jumbo population remained “stable” at 27,000.

Although there will be increased yields of rice, wheat, legumes and oilseeds by 10-20% with increase in Co2 level to 550 ppm, however, productivity of most crops is likely to decrease marginally by 2020 but by 10-40% by 2100 says this report by the Standing Committee on Agriculture (2016-2017) tabled in the Lok Sabha

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Implementation of PMFBY, 04/08/2017. State-wise details of farmers covered, area covered, premium collected, claims paid and number of farmers benefitted during last one year under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) are annexed.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Insurance of Crops, 04/08/2017. All food crops, oilseeds and pulses and annual commercial/horticultural crops are eligible for coverage under yield based crop insurance schemes and weather based scheme. In addition, perennial horticultural crops are also covered under weather based scheme. It is for the States/Union Territories to notify/select the scheme and crops/areas for purposes of crop insurance. State and Union Territory-wise coverage in terms of area/sum insured is at Annexure-I.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Compensation for Farmers for Damaged Crops, 04/08/2017. Government announces every year the Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for twenty two (22) major agricultural crops and Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) for Sugarcane on the recommendation of the Commission for Agricultural Costs & Prices (CACP), views of State Governments, Central Ministries/Departments and other relevant factors. In addition, MSP for Toria and De-Husked coconut is fixed by the Department on the basis of MSPs of Rapeseed/Mustard and Copra respectively.

World Energy Balances 2017 offers final and complete energy balances for 1971 to 2015, with supply estimates for 2016, by country and region. This overview from World Energy Balances 2017 contains a summary of the most recent energy trends.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Generation of Power from Wastes, 03/08/2017. The details of CFA provided by MNRE and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs under SBM during the last there years and the current year, State/UTs wise are given at Annexure-I & II. Presently, five projects of 66.4 MW are operational and generating power from Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and running successfully in Solapur, Maharashtra; Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh; and New Delhi, which are able to process about 4516 Tons MSW per day.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Villages Declared as ODF, 03/08/2017. A statement regarding State/UT-wise, Open Defecation Free (ODF) declared and ODF verified villages by the respective State Governments, as on 23.06.2017 is at Annexure-1.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Tiger Deaths, 01/08/2017. The total number of tiger deaths in the country, as reported by States, during each of the last three years and the current year, State-wise is at Annexure-I.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Rise in Cancer Patients, 01/08/2017. As per Indian Council of Medical Research’s Cancer registry data, there has been an increase in estimated incidence of cancer in the country including the States of Punjab and Haryana. The details are at Annexure-I.