Radha Mohan Singh Inaguarates 86th Annual General Meeting of the ICAR Society




Radha Mohan Singh Inaguarates 86th Annual General Meeting of the ICAR Society

Sh. Radha Mohan Singh emphasised the role of science in Agriculture while inaugurating the 86th Annual General Meeting of the ICAR Society New Delhi today. Sh. Singh said that science has an important role in increasing Agriculture productivity.


Referring to “Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav”, he urged Agriculture expert of the agriculture universities ICAR institutes to create awareness about new technology to farmers, which will help farmers in knowing about new farming Practices.

He also suggested a thought towards an institutional mechanism of linkage between Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) and Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) at district level.

While addressing during the annual general meeting, he emphasised about communications technologies (ICTs) for creating awareness about Agricultural practice by using M-Kisan portal for sending information through SMSs, providing e-connectivity to KVKs, Kisan Chaupals, Farmers portal and Kisan Call Center.

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Union Minister of State for Agriculture urged the scientists to strengthen the Lab-to-land programmes and enhance communication with farmers.Sh. Balyan expressed confidence that scientists farmers interaction will help farmers and create knowledge about new technologies.

Sh. Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya, Union Minister of State for Agriculture emphasised about technological and knowledge empowerment of farmers through awareness creation via. Knowledge of latest know- how of technologies.

Sh. Radha Mohan Singh thanked everyone present for their participation in the 86th AGM of the ICAR Society.

During the Annual General Meeting Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE made a presentation on ICAR.

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2nd Advance Estimates of Production of Major Crops for 2014-15

The 2nd Advance Estimates of production of major crops for 2014-15 and Final Estimates for 2013-14 have been released by the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation on 18th February, 2015. As per 2nd Advance Estimates, the production of major crops during 2014-15 are as under:

Ø         Foodgrains  –  257.07 million tonnes
·   Rice  –  103.04 million tonnes
·   Wheat – 95.76 million tonnes
·   Coarse Cereals  –  39.83 million tonnes
·   Maize  –  22.97 million tonnes
·   Pulses  –  18.43 million tonnes
·   Tur  –  2.75 million tonnes
·   Gram – 8.28 million tonnes
Ø              Oilseeds  –  29.83 million tonnes
·   Soyabean  –  11.64 million tonnes
·   Groundnut  –  7.47 million tonnes
·   Rapeseed & Mustard – 7.36 million tonnes
Ø              Cotton  –  35.15 million bales (of 170 kg each)
Ø              Sugarcane – 354.95 million tonnes
As per 2nd Advance Estimates for 2014-15, total foodgrains production in the country is estimated at 257.07 million tonnes which is the fourth highest quantity of annual foodgrains production in the country. It may be noted that despite deficiency of 12% in the monsoon rainfall during the year, due to proactive measures of the Ministry of Agriculture, the loss in production has been restricted to just around 3% over the previous year and  has exceeded the average production during the last five years by 8.15 million tonnes.
As compared to last year’s record production of 265.57 million tonnes, current year’s production of foodgrains is lower by 8.50 million tonnes. This decline has occurred on account of lower production of rice, coarse cereals and pulses due to erratic rainfall conditions during the monsoon season-2014. Total production of rice in the country is estimated at 103.04 million tonnes which is lower by 3.61 million tonnes than the last year’s record production of 106.65 million tonnes. Production of wheat estimated at 95.76 million tonnes is marginally lower than the record production of 95.85 million tonnes of wheat during 2013-14.  Total production of Coarse Cereals estimated at 39.83 million tonnes is lower by 3.46 million tonnes than their production during 2013-14.

Production of pulses estimated at 18.43 million tonnes is lower by 1.35 million tonnes than the last year’s production but higher by 0.81 million tonnes than their average production during the last five years. With decrease of 2.92 million tonnes over the last year’s production level, total production of oilseeds in the country is estimated at 29.83 million tonnes.

Production of sugarcane is estimated at 354.95 million tonnes which is higher by 17.14 million tonnes as compared to its average production of last five years. Total production of cotton estimated at 35.15 million bales (of 170 kgs each) is significantly higher (by 2.68 million bales) than the average production of last 5 years. Production of jute & Mesta is estimated at 11.47 million bales (of 180 kg each) which is lower by 0.22 million bales than their last year’s production and marginally higher (0.18 million bales) over their average production levels.


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Aero India 2015 Gets Underway in Bengaluru ‘Make In India’ Theme to Propel Self-Reliance in Defence Production

The 10th biennial edition of International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition – Aero India 2015 – got off to a spectacular start at Air Force Station, Yelahanka in Bengaluru today.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi formally inaugurated the event that has ‘Make in India’ as its theme. A formation of three Mi-8 helicopters timed with the Prime Minister’s arrival, trooping the National tricolour, Indian Air Force (IAF) and Aero India flags set off the aviation-related event.

Also present were Karnataka Governor Shri Vajubhai Vala, Union Ministers for Defence, Shri Manohar Parrikar; Civil Aviation, Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju; Law and Justice, Shri DV Sadananda Gowda; Chemicals and Fertilisers, Shri Ananth Kumar, Karnataka Chief Minister, Shri Siddaramiah and Minister of State (Defence), Shri Rao Inderjit Singh among others.

The three Service Chiefs, Secretaries of Defence, and Defence Production, delegations from several foreign countries, senior serving officers from the three Services, veterans, and senior executives from defence industries were also present.

“Given the security scenario of our country, it is very important that India becomes self-sufficient in defence and defence production,” Defence Minister Parrikar said in his welcome address. He also said that the Department of Defence Production has taken upon itself to make Prime Minister’s clarion call of ‘Make in India’ in defence production a success.

Organised by the Department of Defence Production, 635 aerospace companies and nearly 300 CEOs from India and abroad including delegates from 42 countries are participating in the five-day aerospace exhibition.

The aerial display that followed the inauguration began with an IAF vintage Tiger Moth reminding of our modest origins in the then emerging era of warplanes.

Transcending into the present era, and aptly in keeping with the ‘Make in India’ theme, two indigenous creations - Light Combat Aircraft and a Light Combat Helicopter – dotted the horizon in quick succession showcasing India’s technological leap in aircraft production.

A Sukhoi-30 MKI then left the gathering spellbound with its versatility and agility. This was followed with impressive displays by an F-16 and a French Rafale jet fighter.

After the deafening roars of the jets subsided, aerial stunts were performed by few foreign aerobatic teams.

The show-stopping moment was provided by ‘Sarang’, the IAF’s helicopter display team in their sprightly coloured, peacock-themed, Advanced Light Helicopters.

By the time Aero India 2015 ends on Sunday, thousands would have witnessed the aerial spectacle even as serious business deals get negotiated propelling self-reliance in defence production in keeping with the credo - Make in India.


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Home Secretary level talks between India and Bangladesh held
Meetings of DMs of bordering districts resumed

The Joint Working Group and the Home Secretary Level Talks between India and Bangladesh were held here on February 16-17, 2015. The meetings discussed in detail security and border management related issues between the two countries.

During the meetings, both the countries agreed to enhance cooperation in border management by way of a coordinated border management plan, increased joint patrolling for reducing the crimes being committed by criminals and smugglers and higher vigil on the border by deployment of troops of Bangladesh in unguarded border areas of Bangladesh, particularly along the borders facing Tripura and Mizoram.

The Indian delegation appreciated the steps taken by the Bangladesh authorities in acting against the carriers of fake Indian currency notes, and action taken against the Indian Insurgent Groups (IIGs) taking shelter in the bordering areas of Bangladesh. Both the countries also agreed to act against the criminals engaged in human trafficking from Bangladesh to India and other countries.

After a long time, the meetings of Deputy Commissioners/District Magistrates of the districts bordering India and Bangladesh have been resumed. Both the countries have expressed satisfaction over these meetings which have proved very fruitful in resolving local issues immediately without following the long process of referring the matters to the respective Central Governments.

Both the countries have also agreed to resolve the issues concerning fishermen drifting inadvertently across the maritime boundaries. In a gesture of goodwill, both the countries have started sending back fishermen with their boats without losing time.

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