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Agriculture News at a Glance: April Highlights

1. A-HELP Program: Empowering Livestock Farmers for a Brighter Future

The A-HELP (Accredited Agent for Health and Extension of Livestock Production) program, a ground-breaking initiative was launched in Uttarakhand. In collaboration with the National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM), the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (DAHD) aims to revolutionize livestock farming in the state. Through this program, livestock farmers will receive comprehensive support and guidance, propelling them towards success.

2. Data on Research Extension Centres: Revolutionizing Sericulture Farming

Unlocking the potential of sericulture farming, the Ministry of Textiles has shared vital information on Research Extension Centres (RECs). With 35 RECs strategically placed across the country, sericulture farmers now have access to cutting-edge technology and innovations developed by the Central Silk Board (CSB). These RECs, supported by state sericulture departments, pave the way for a prosperous sericulture industry, with Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra leading the way.

3. Kerala Agricultural University: A Beacon of Plant Protection and Farmers’ Rights

Celebrating another milestone in agricultural progress, Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) has been designated as a Centre of Excellence for the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority. Under the guidance of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, KAU will spearhead the protection of plant varieties and safeguard the rights of our diligent farmers.

4. Garuda Aerospace: Revolutionizing Agriculture with Agri Drones

In a groundbreaking achievement, Chennai-based startup Garuda Aerospace has become the first Indian company to receive a subsidy for manufacturing Agri-drones. This visionary step, supported by the government, aims to empower small-scale farmers across the country. By harnessing the potential of agricultural drones, Garuda Aerospace is transforming the agricultural landscape, enhancing productivity and ensuring sustainable farming practices.

5. Technological Intervention & Innovations in the Honey/Beekeeping Sector: Shaping a Sweeter Future

The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare hosted a Consultative Workshop on Technological Intervention & Innovations in the Honey/Beekeeping Sector under the National Beekeeping & Honey Mission. With a diverse participation of beekeepers, start-ups, stakeholders and government officials, this workshop served as a platform to exchange knowledge, explore new technologies and drive the honey and beekeeping sector forward.

6. Millets Experience Centre (MEC): Unleashing the Power of Millets

Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, inaugurated the first-of-its-kind Millets Experience Centre (MEC) at Dilli Haat, INA. This remarkable initiative, in collaboration with NAFED, showcases the versatility and nutritional benefits of millet. By promoting millet-based products, the MEC aims to uplift farmers and promote healthy eating habits among the masses.

7. SATHI Portal and Mobile App: Empowering Seed Traceability and Certification

Union Agriculture Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar unveiled the SATHI (Seed Traceability, Authentication and Holistic Inventory) Portal and Mobile App, a centralized online system designed to address the challenges faced in seed production and certification. This cutting-edge technology ensures the quality and authenticity of seeds, providing farmers with reliable and certified seeds for enhanced agricultural productivity.

8. World’s First Nano DAP Liquid Fertilizer: Empowering Farmers for a Bountiful Harvest

Hon’ble Minister of Home Affairs & Cooperation launched the world’s first Nano DAP Liquid Fertilizer at IFFCO Sadan, New Delhi. Developed in alignment with the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Atmanirbhar Krishi’ initiatives, this innovative fertilizer offers a potent solution to boost plant productivity. By providing farmers with advanced tools, we are revolutionizing agriculture and empowering farmers to increase their income sustainably.

9. Fasal-SBI Partnership: Transforming Farming Finance for a Prosperous Future

In a collaborative effort to support farmers, Fasal, an Agri-tech business, has joined hands with the State Bank of India (SBI). This partnership aims to streamline access to finance for farmers, ensuring hassle-free and collateral-free loans at favourable interest rates. By addressing cash-flow challenges during crucial farming cycles, Fasal and SBI are empowering farmers and fostering agricultural growth.

10. Farm Machinery Technology Summit: Pioneering Innovation for Agricultural Progress

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Tractor and Mechanization Association (TMA) organized the Summit on Farm Machinery Technology; the summit witnessed the convergence of industry leaders, policymakers and design experts. With a focus on original equipment manufacturers and product development firms, this summit explored groundbreaking technologies to revolutionize the agricultural machinery sector. Together, we are driving innovation and shaping the future of agriculture

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