Issuance of Soil Health Cards



Issuance of Soil Health Cards

‘Soil Health Card’ Scheme is launched in current year to assist State Governments to issue soil health cards to all farmers in the country. Soil health card will provide information to farmers on nutrient status of their soil along with recommendation on appropriate dosage of nutrients to be applied for improving soil health and its fertility. Soil nutrient status will be assessed in all the 14 crore farm holdings regularly in a cycle of 3 years so that nutrient deficiencies are identified and amendments applied.



This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Sh.Mohanbhai Kundaria in Rajya Sabha today.


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Dr. B. Meenakumari Committee Report on Fishing is Submitted

Report of the Expert Committee constituted under the Chairpersonship of Dr. B. Meenakumari for comprehensive review of deep-sea fishing Policy and Guidelines has been received in the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture in August 2014. Representations from some quarters have been received on the report. The report has been placed on the website of the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries inviting comments from all stakeholders.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan in Rajya Sabha today.

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Swapping of KG-D6 gas being supplied to RCF Units in Maharashtra with RLNG allowed, facilitating supply of additional gas to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

Department of Fertilizers has allowed swapping of KG-D6 gas presently being supplied to Rashtriya Chemicals and fertilizers (RCF) Units located in Maharashtra with Regasified Liquid Natural Gas (RLNG), thereby facilitating supply of additional gas volume to the tune of 2.2 MMSCMD to Andhra Pradesh(AP) and Telangana states. With the approval of this 2.2 MMSCMD (swapping of KG-D6 gas), 450 MW power can be generated from the Gas Independent Power Producers(IPP) in which Telangana will have a share of 242 MW (53.89%) and Andhra Pradesh share will be about 208 MW.

IPPs located in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have pipeline connectivity with RGTILs East West pipeline, whereas the RLNG terminals operational as on date are located on the western coast of the country. Further, even though East West pipeline of RGTIL provides physical connectivity of eastern part but as communicated by RGTIL, it is not possible for RLNG to flow from western parts of India to AP. Therefore, direct RLNG supply to customers in AP and Telangana is not possible and can only be achieved through swapping of gas.

GAIL (India) Ltd will enter into necessary contractual arrangements with RCF, RGTIL and AP IPPs and Telangana IPPs for supply of RLNG. This will help in mitigating the power shortage in Telangana state, which would benefit the farmers having 18.62 lakh pump sets in saving rabi crops. Further, the unscheduled power cuts in Telangana state can be minimized to a great extent, which will also help the consumers of Telangana state and public at large. This will also help AP state to mitigate the power deficit and benefit the farmers of the state.

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Revamping of Jan Aushadhi Scheme



            178 Jan Aushadhi Stores have been opened across the country since the inception of the scheme against which only 98 are functional as on date.  The Scheme is being revisited to expand its reach across the country.  Details are being worked out by Bureau of Pharma Public Sector Undertakings of India (BPPI) in consultation with Department of Pharmaceuticals.

            The third party evaluation of Public Health Foundation of India noted five major reasons for under performance of the scheme:

(a)    Over dependence on support from State Government;
(b)   Poor Supply Chain Management;
(c)    Non-prescription of Generic Medicines;
(d)   Health Policies of Central/State Governments-Free Supply of Drugs;
(e)    Lack of awareness

Wherever Jan Aushadhi Stores have been opened, the concerned State Governments are issuing instructions/guidelines to their Doctors in the Government Hospitals to prescribe generic medicines.  Similar instructions are also reported to have been issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to the Doctors to prescribe medicines in generic names.  In addition BPPI is engaging Indian Medical Association and other Doctors in the initiative.


This information was given by the Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir in reply to an unstarred question by Shri Devender Goud T.  in the Rajya Sabha today.


Increasing the Population of Cattle

In order to complement and supplement the efforts made by the States for development & conservation and increasing population of cattle and other livestock species in the country the Department of Animal Husbandry Dairying & Fisheries is implementing the following major schemes: a) National Programme for Bovine Breeding & Dairy Development; b) National Dairy Plan-I; c) Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme; d) National Livestock Mission; e) Livestock Health and Disease Control; f) Central Cattle Breeding Farms and g) Central Herd Registration Scheme.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Sh.Mohanbhai Kundaria in Rajya Sabha today.

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Sowing Area Under Rabi Rice and Summer Pulses And Oilseeds

As per the latest reports received from States, the area under rabi rice as on today stands at 36.72 lakh hectare as compared to 41.43 lakh hectare at this time last year.

The preliminary data on sowing of summer pulses is available. It is reported that 0.14 lakh hectare area has been covered under summer pulses in Karnataka.Sowing of summer oilseeds has been reported from the state of Karnataka (2.19 lakh ha), Andhra Pradesh (0.34 lakh ha), Odisha (1.20 lakh ha) ,Tamil Nadu (0.63 lakh ha), Gujarat (0.68 lakh ha),Chhatisgarh (0.25 lakh ha), Telangana (0.21 lakh ha) and Maharashtra (0.28 lakh ha).

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Union Agriculture Minister underlines the importance of water security and organic farming at 4th Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Agriculture and Agrarian Development in Brasilia, Brazil today

Participating in 4th Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Agriculture and Agrarian Development in Brasilia, Brazil today, Union Agriculture Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh, said that the Government is committed to promote Organic Farming that improves soil health and leads to better quality crops. From the current financial year, ‘Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana’, a new scheme to develop organic clusters and make available chemical free inputs to farmers will be implemented. He also referred about the Gokul Mission, a dedicated intervention to improve cattle progeny so as to improve milk yields and farmers income.

Shri Singh said that a significant part of India is still under rainfed agriculture which is characterized by low levels of productivity and low input usage. Vagaries of the monsoon result in wide variation and instability in yields. However, if managed properly, rainfed areas have the potential to contribute a lot in foodgrain production, he said.

On this occasion, Shri Singh said that In order to counter the adverse effects of climate change and the vagaries of nature, India has undertaken a National Action Plan on Climate Change. Another initiative in the direction is National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture which seeks to transform Indian Agriculture into a climate resilient production system through suitable adaptation and mitigation measures such as promoting location specific integrated/ composite farming systems, soil and moisture conservation measures, comprehensive soil health management, efficient water management practices and mainstreaming of rainfed technologies, he said.

Shri Singh said that the Government of India is committed to giving top priority to water security. In this context, he referred to the ‘Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana’ with the motto of water to every farm ‘Har Khet Ko Paani’. He mentioned that the ‘Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana’ aims at providing end-to-end solutions in irrigation supply chain, viz. water sources, distribution network and farm level applications. He said that ‘Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana’ will not only focus on creating sources for assured irrigation, but also creating protective irrigation by harnessing rain water at micro level. Micro irrigation will be popularized to ensure ‘Per drop- More crop’, he said.

Shri Singh said that ample scope exists for cooperation among BRICS countries in the areas of productivity enhancement in horticulture crops, exchange of processable varieties and development of cold chain facilities.

GG:SB Union Agriculture Minister in Brazil

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Work of Hockey stadium in Imphal, Manipur to be expedited: Dr. Jitendra Singh

A delegation from Manipur called on Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh here today and submitted a memorandum requesting a hockey stadium at Imphal. They also handed over a copy of letter from Chief Secretary, Government of Manipur, in support of the project which is estimated to cost Rs.676.51 crore.

The delegation requested Dr Jitendra Singh to take up the construction of the above stadium at the venue of South East Youth Organisation (SEYO), Akampat, Imphal East under North Eastern Council (NEC) project. In support of their request, they cited the examples of several international and national level sports persons like Shri Tiken Singh, Shri Thoiba Singh and Shri Nilakamol Singh, Olympians who were associated with SEYO.

Responding to their request, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the project for hockey stadium in Imphal already exists in the priority list for funding from NEC but when he took over the charge of the DoNER Ministry about three months back, he was told that this project had got delayed for want of funds. He said, he will seriously look into the matter and try to find a way out.

Dr Jitendra Singh referred to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s recent two visits to Northeast and the announcement made by him for setting up a Sports university in Manipur. He said, such a suggestion from the Prime Minister is inspired by the belief that a Sports university will facilitate optimum channelisation of youth potential in the region. This may also help bring down the exodus of youth from the region in search of employment and at the same time, help in grooming the abundant talent for sports among the youth of the region, he added.

Dr Jitendra Singh assured, he would also take up the matter with Union Minister of Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, who would be able to appreciate the requirement, for a hockey stadium since he also hails from the same part of the country.

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Research in Ayush

81 research institutes/centres are functioning under the five (05) Central Research Councils of the Ministry of AYUSH, namely Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy (CCRYN), Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS) and Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH).

Research Councils have undertaken large number of Projects on various diseases. Major projects are mostly multicentric covering more than one state. The major ones along with formulations are Psoriasis (777 Oil); Anti-malarial (AYUSH 64); Anti-epileptic (AYUSH-56); Paediatric care (AYUSH Bala Rakshak Leham); Iron deficiency Anaemia (Annabedhi Chenduram); Vitiligo (Bars); Eczema(Nar-e-farsi/Daus Sadaf/ Psoriasis); Infective Hepatitis (IItehab-e-ksabid); Osteoarthritis (Waja-ul-Mafasil) and Bronchial Asthma (UNIM352). Studies in respect of above projects have been completed. The results have also shown that Homoeopathy has a positive role to decrease viral load in HIV +ve patients, increase CD4 Count and improve the quality of life.

A preliminary study conducted by CCRUM in collaboration with Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi on Pulmonary Tuberculosis (Diq-e-Revi) have shown significant effects of Unani drugs as immunomodulator leading to better and early resolution of lesions. Moreover, for research in Tuberculosis, CCRUM has signed an MOU with ICMR for collaborative project. Collaborative studies on influenza like illness (ILI) and H1N1, conducted by CCRH, during pandemic of H1N1 in 2009 resulted in identification of specific homoeopathic medicines. A multicentric randomized placebo controlled trial with individualized homoeopathic treatment in ILI has also been conducted.

The Central Research Councils decide on the setting up of new Research Centers/ Institutes from time to time based on research priority, availability of human and material resources, willingness of the State Government to provide support in the form of land etc. Upgradation of existing research institutes/centres is an ongoing process. Steps have been taken to upgrade the laboratories of the Research institutes/ centres.

The details are as below:

(i) Hakim Ajmal Khan Central Research Institute of Unani Medicine by amalgamating existing centre of the Council namely Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine, Drug Standardization Research Unit and Literary Research Institute of Unani Medicine (LRIUM), New Delhi; at the campus of Ayurvedic and Unani Tibbia College, Karol Bagh, New Delhi.

(ii) Clinical Research Unit of Homoeopathy, Sambalpur (Odisha) and Gorakhpur (UP).

(iii) Setting up of Central Research Institute of Yoga and Naturopathy at Jajjhar (Haryana) and Nagmangla (Karnatka).

(iv) The State Governments of West Bengal and Odisha have offered land for establishing Central Research Institutes of Yoga and Naturopathy.

(v) The Central Council for Unani Medicine is developing Regional Research Centre of Unani Medicine, Silchar, Assam. Construction work has already started.

This information was given by the Minister of State, AYUSH(IC), Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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