Union Agriculture Minister Urges Students and Scientists of Agriculture Faternity to Adopt one Village


The Union Minister for Agriculture, Shri Radha Mohan Singh lighting the lamp at the 7th Agricultural Summit, in New Delhi on January 15, 2015.

Union Agriculture Minister Urges Students and Scientists of Agriculture Faternity to Adopt one Village for Creating Awareness among Farmers 


Union Agriculture Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh underlined the importance of fundamentals of agricultural growth for the development of country as he mentioned improved soil health, high productive seeds, modern agriculture practces and best practices, effective irrigation facilities, water to every agricultural land, apt marketing facility for agricultural produce are essential points for development of agriculture as a whole. 

Union Agriculture Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh was presenting his views on the occasion of a function titled “Agri@8%- Challanges and Way out” in New Delhi today. 

Various discussion points during the programme included Efficient system of Agricultural production and agricultural productivity, Storage and distributon of food products, Soil Mapping, Efficient water management, increasing yield and variety of crops, tradiitional farming, awareness building among farmers, balanced use of fertilisers, organic farming among a number of prespectives presented by the presenters. 

Union Agriculture Minister, Shri Singh complimented ASSOCHAM for organising this function. Union Agriculture Minister, Shri Singh emphasised the need to create awareness among farmers about best practices in the agriculture sector. He urged students and scientist faternity from agriculture to create awareness among farmers of atleast one village of their hometown about various inititives in agriculture with the theme of “Mera Gaon, Mera Gaurav”. He also mentioned that there are approximately 20,000 scientist and 50,000 students from agriculture,who are graduate or PhD’s of agriculture. 

The function was jointly organised by Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Food processing industries, Government of India, Department of Science & Techonlogy, Government of India, Department of Biotechnology, Government of Bihar and NABARD. 

Mentioning about Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, Shri Singh said that the programme will play a vital roile in bringing water to every agricultural land in the country. He added that Soil Health Card provided to farmers will be a tool to identify the nutritional requirement of the soil and apt laboratory analysis for increasing the agriculture production and productivity. He emphasised about organic fertiliser and traditional farming practices during his discussion. 

He said that with the setting up of the Price stabilisation fund, farmers will be able to get renumerative prices for their agriculture products. 

Shri Singh spoke about e-Marketing of agriculture products especially horticulture produce like lichi, mango, gauva and emphasised that horticulture, dairy and fishery has potential to generate huge employment for farmers, especially youth. 

He mentioned that Government has made inititives for development of Animal Husbandary, Dairy and Fisheries sector. He said the indigenous cows have a high tolerance towards the climate change and breeding of indigenous cows is essential for long term prespective of growth and productivity in agriculture output. He also mentioned that there is a need for adopting scientific attitude towards agriculture production to achieve the goal of higher growth in agriculture as a whole. 

Present on the occasion were Union Minister of State for Agriculture, Shri Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya, Agriculture Minister of Bihar, Shri Narendra Singh, Shri Anil Jain, Shri Babulal Jain, Shri Tripurari Sharan among others. 

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India’s Foreign Trade (Merchandise): December, 2014 

EXPORTS (including re-exports)

Exports during December, 2014 were valued at US $ 25397.74 million (Rs.159378.46 crore) which was 3.77 per cent lower in Dollar terms (2.46 per cent lower in Rupee terms) than the level of US $ 26393.06 million (Rs. 163400.22 crore) during December, 2013. Cumulative value of exports for the period April-December 2014-15 was US $ 241153.78 million (Rs 1465171.42 crore) as against US $ 231829.87 million (Rs 1395186.97 crore) registering a growth of 4.02  per cent in Dollar terms and growth of 5.02 per cent in Rupee terms over the same period last year.
                                                                                                                  
IMPORTS

Imports during December, 2014 were valued at US $ 34832.56 million (Rs.218584.77 crore) which was 4.78 per cent lower in Dollar terms and  3.48 per cent lower in Rupee terms  over the level of imports valued at US $ 36580.09 million (Rs. 226468.46 crore) in December, 2013. Cumulative value of imports for the period April-December 2014-15 was US $ 351205.70 million (Rs 2134282.62 crore) as against US $ 338907.35 million (Rs 2028361.39 crore) registering a  growth of 3.63 per cent in Dollar terms and growth of 5.22 per cent in Rupee terms over the same period last year.



CRUDE OIL AND NON-OIL IMPORTS:                          
           
Oil imports during December, 2014 were valued at US $ 9941.54 million which was 28.6  per cent lower than oil imports valued at US $  13923.48 million in the corresponding period last year. Oil imports during April-December, 2014-15 were valued at US $ 116499.48 million which was 4.7 per cent lower than the oil imports of US $ 122208.56 million in the corresponding period last year.



Non-oil imports during December, 2014 were estimated at US $ 24891.02 million which was 9.9 per cent higher than non-oil imports of US $ 22656.61 million in December, 2013. Non-oil imports during April-December, 2014-15 were valued at US $ 234706.22 million which was 8.3 per cent higher than the level of such imports valued at US $ 216698.79 million in April-December, 2013-14.

TRADE BALANCE

The trade deficit for April-December, 2014-15 was estimated at US $ 110051.92 million which was higher than the deficit of US $ 107077.48 million during April-December, 2013-14. 



INDIA’S FOREIGN TRADE (SERVICES): NOVEMBER, 2014
(As per the RBI Press Release dated 15th January, 2015)

A.   EXPORTS (Receipts)

Exports during November, 2014 were valued at US $ 12473 Million (Rs. 76963.65 Crore).



B.   IMPORTS (Payments)

Imports during November, 2014 were valued at US $ 6155 Million (Rs. 37978.94 Crore).



C.   TRADE BALANCE

The trade balance in Services (i.e. net exports of Services) for November, 2014 was estimated at US $ 6318 Million.

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The Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh in a group photo with the Women Marching Contingent on the occasion of 67th Army Day, in New Delhi on January 15, 2015. 

Army Day Parade -2015 

Indian Army celebrated its 67th Army Day today. General Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff reviewed the Parade at Army Parade Ground, Delhi Cantonment and awarded fourteen Sena Medals (including four posthumously) for individual acts of Gallantry and fourteen COAS Unit Citations for commendable performance of their respective units. 

Every year Indian Army celebrates 15th January as ‘Army Day’ to commemorate the day when General (later Field Marshal) K.M Carriappa took over the command of Army from General Sir F.R.R Bucher, the last British Commander-in-Chief in 1949 and became the first Commander-in-Chief of Indian Army post Independence. 
The Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh presenting Sena Medal to next of kin of martyred soldier on the occasion of 67th Army Day, in New Delhi on January 15, 2015. 


In the past six decades, the Indian Army has grown to be a professional and humanitarian force, while serving in the most adverse and diverse conditions. Indian Army also acquitted itself extremely creditably in internal security and counter insurgency operations over prolonged periods and has extended invaluable aid to civil authorities in disaster management and maintenance of law and order. 

On the occasion of Army Day, an impressive parade was organised at Army Parade Ground, Delhi Cantonment, where Army contingents including eight Mechanised and nine marching contingents participated. For the first time in the history of our Army, a women officer contingent took part in the Parade showcasing ‘Nari Shakti’. They marched past the saluting dais alongside the other contingents exhibiting their strong resolve to national service. A grand finale was a combat demonstration, which showcased battle drills and combat techniques of the Army units.
The Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha and the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R.K. Dhowan paying homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti on the occasion of 67th Army Day, in New Delhi on January 15, 2015. 
Earlier in the day, wreaths were laid at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate by the three service chiefs to commemorate the Army Day. 

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