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Project BOLD launched in Jaisalmer


In an attempt to develop green cover in the Indian deserts of Rajasthan, Khadi and Village Industries Commission planted 1000 bamboo saplings at Tanot village in Jaisalmer, in collaboration with the Border Security Force (BSF).

Bamboo plantation, as part of KVIC's Project BOLD (Bamboo Oasis on Lands in Drought), aims at reducing desertification and providing livelihood and multi-disciplinary rural industry support to the local population.

The saplings have been planted over 2.50 lakh sq feet of Gram Panchayat land near the famous Tanot Mata Temple which is located close to Longewala Post on the Indo-Pak Border. BSF will be responsible for maintaining the plants.

Project BOLD was launched on 4th July from a tribal village Nichla Mandwa in Udaipur district in Rajasthan with a plantation of 5,000 saplings of special bamboo species over 25 bighas of arid land. The initiative has been launched as part of KVIC's "Khadi Bamboo Festival" to celebrate 75 years of independence "Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav".

KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said, "In the next three years, these bamboos will be ready for harvest. While this will generate recurring income for the local villagers; KVIC will also develop this green patch into a tourist spot considering the large footfall of tourists visiting Longewala post and the Tanot Mata Temple." He lauded the support of BSF in implementing the project in a very short time.


Nagaland's Raja Mircha exported to London


A consignment of the world's hottest chilli 'Raja Mircha' from Nagaland was exported to London for the first time today.

The consignment of King Chilli was sourced from Tening, part of Nagaland's Peren district, and sent via Guwahati, an official press release said. It got Geographical Indications certification in 2008.

Referred to as Bhoot Jolokia and Ghost pepper, Nagaland King Chilli belongs to the genus Capsicum of family Solanaceae and has been considered as the world’s hottest chilli. It is constantly on the top five in the list of the world's hottest chillies based on the Scoville Heat Units.


Village Rice from Tamil Nadu exported to Ghana, Yemen


In a major boost to India's non-basmati rice exports potential, two consignments consisting of 4.5 MT of patented 'village rice' sourced from Kumbakonam, Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu by a start-up Udaya Agro Farm was exported yesterday to Ghana and Yemen via air and sea routes.

Enriched with protein, fibre, and a variety of minerals, 'village rice' is sourced directly from farmers of Thanjavur, also known as rice bowl of Tamil Nadu. APEDA assisted Udaya Agro Farm plans to increase the volume of exports of 'village rice' in the coming months.

During 2020-21, the shipment of non-basmati rice witnessed an impressive spike. The non-basmati rice exports were Rs 35,448 crore (4796 USD Million) during April-March, 2021 against Rs 14,400 crore (2020 USD Million) reported during April-March, 2020 period. The exports of non-Basmati have witnessed a growth of 146 per cent in Rupee terms and 137 per cent Dollar terms in 2020-2021.


Jackfruits from Tripura exported to London


In a major step towards harnessing the exports potential of agricultural and processed food products from the north-eastern region, a shipment of 1.2 metric tonnes (MT) of fresh jackfruit was today exported from Tripura to London.

Jackfruits were sourced from the Tripura-based Krishi Sanyoga Agro Producer Company Ltd. The consignment was packed at APEDA assisted pack-house facility of Salt Range Supply Chain Solution Ltd and exported by Kiega EXIM Pvt Ltd.

This was the first APEDA assisted pack house for exports to European Union, which was approved in May 2021. APEDA regularly carries out promotional activities to bring the North-Eastern states on the export map of India.

The virtual event to send the jackfruit shipment to London was attended by officials including Dr M Angamuthu, Chairman, APEDA and CK Jamatia, Secretary, Agriculture, Government of Tripura and other senior officials.


Central Farm Machinery Training and Testing Institute tests first ever electric Tractor in the Institute


Central Farm Machinery Training and Testing Institute, Budni, Madhya Pradesh, has tested the first-ever electric Tractor in the Institute.

The institute received the application for an electric tractor under Confidential Test initially. Accordingly, the institute tested the tractor and released the Draft Test Report in February 2021.

After the release of the draft test report, the manufacturer requested for conversion of the nature of the test from "Confidential to Commercial" and the competent authority accepted the request of the manufacturer. Accordingly, the Test Report was released as a Commercial Test Report. The electric tractor will be more environmentally friendly than other types of tractors.

The Central farm Machinery Training and Testing Institute obtained the NABL Certificate of Accreditation for CMVR Test Laboratory on 30th March 2021.


India witnesses increase in area under summer crop


For the second successive year, the area under summer crops has increased in the country, a release issued by the Ministry of Agriculture informed.

Further details:-

  1. As on 23rd April 2021, summer sowing in the country is 21.5 per cent higher than it was last year during the corresponding period.
  2. The total summer crop area has increased to 73.76 lakh hectares from 60.67 lakh hectares a year ago during the corresponding period.
  3. As on 23rd April 2021, the area sown under pulses has increased to 12.75 lakh ha from 6.45 lakh ha. The increased area has been reported from the states of Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Karnataka etc.
  4. Oilseeds have increased to 10.45 lakh ha from 9.03 lakh ha. The area has been reported from West Bengal, Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh etc.
  5. Rice has increased to 39.10 lakh ha from 33.82 lakh ha. Rabi rice has been reported from the states of West Bengal, Telangana, Karnataka, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, etc.

Growing summer/Zaid crops based on the availability of soil moisture and other climatic conditions is an old practice in India, particularly for meeting the additional domestic requirement of food grains and feeding livestock. 

To develop a road map for future, the Zaid National conference was held in January 2021 in which discussion with States was held on the challenges, prospects and strategies. Thereafter, for maximising production, timely arrangement of inputs like seeds and fertilizers mobilization along with deployment of extension staff was ensured. For technical support, close coordination between State Agricluture Universities (SAUs) and Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) was ensured, which are vital at the district and grassroots level.

#MinistryofAgriculture #SummerCrop

APEDA requests Padma Shri awardee Pappammal to be Ambassador of Organic Producers


Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), which falls under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, has requested Padma Shri awardee Pappammal to be the "Ambassador of Organic Producers" to inspire other progressive farmers in the country.

In a letter to Coimbatore-based Pappammal, APEDA Chairman Dr M Angamuthu said, "As an admiration for the overwhelming dedication and commitment in practising organic farming and guiding farmers, kindly accept our request as "Ambassador of Organic Producers" in order to inspire other progressive farmers in the country to adopt organic farming and accomplish a monumental feat such as yours."

Stating that he was delighted by Smt Pappammal's passion in undertaking organic farming especially by growing Millets, Pulses, Corn and recently Banana in 2.5 acres of land and the untiring efforts in nurturing the nature from a very young age, Dr Angamuthu said she has achieved excellence in the field.


Richness of Tamil Nadu tribes available for World


More than 35 immunity-boosting tribal products have found a place in Tribes India outlets and website in the 8th edition of "From Our Home to your Home" campaign. The campaign had been launched 8 weeks ago by TRIFED under Ministry of Tribal Affairs in order to source as many effective, natural, and attractive products from diverse indigenous tribes across the country so that these can reach a wide variety of audience. 

Key among the products this week are the natural, fresh, organic produce from the Malayali tribes of Tamil Nadu, such as Giant Rock Bee Honey, honey, variants of millet rice, tamarind and black pepper. Malayali is a tribal group from the Eastern Ghats in North Tamil Nadu. With a population of around 3,58,000 people, they are the largest Scheduled tribes in that region. The tribals are usually hill farmers and they cultivate different types of millet.

Among the other products sourced include vibrant and eye-catching micro-beaded jewellery (mainly neckpieces) from the Patelia tribe from Madhya Pradesh. While agriculture is their mainstay, their handiwork is exceptional too as can be gauged from the beautiful, colourful pieces made by the artisans of Jhabua. Other products include organic varieties of dals and spices locally sourced from the Vasava tribes of Gujarat and an assortment of produce – such as honey, jams and two unique variants of rice from the Kharwar and Oraon tribes of Jharkhand and some interesting wooden products (chakla and belan) and attractive metal jalis from the AdimJanjati tribes and Lohra tribes of Jharkhand.

All new products introduced over the past weeks are available in 125 Tribes India outlets, Tribes India mobile vans and on online platforms such as the Tribes India E-marketplace ( and e-tailers. 

With a variety of natural and sustainable produce and products, the Tribes India e-marketplace offers a glimpse into the age-old traditions of our tribal brethren. Do check out  Buy Local Buy Tribal!

#TamilNadu #VocalForLocal #TRIFED

India gets 100th Kisan Rail


Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the 100th Kisan Rail from Sangola in Maharashtra to Shalimar in West Bengal on 28th of December 2020 via video conferencing. Union Ministers, Mr Narendra Singh Tomar and Mr Piyush Goyal were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister termed the Kisan Rail Service as a major step towards increasing the income of the farmers of the country. He expressed happiness that even during the Corona pandemic, 100 Kisan Rails were launched in the last 4 months. He said this service will bring a major change in the economy related to farming and will also increase the strength of the country's cold supply chain. He said no minimum quantity has been fixed to transport through Kisan Rail so that, even the smallest produce will be able to reach the big market properly at a low price.

The Prime Minister said the Kisan Rail project not only shows the commitment of the Government to serve the farmers but also serves as a proof of how fast our farmers are ready for new possibilities. He said farmers can now sell their crops in other states as well, in which farmers' rail (Kisan Rail) and agriculture flights (Krishi Udaan) have a big role. He said that Kisan Rail is a mobile cold storage to move perishable things like fruits, vegetables, milk, fish, etc., with complete security. "India always had a large railway network, even before independence. Cold storage technology was also available. Only now this strength is being harnessed properly through Kisan Rail," the Prime Minister added.

Perishable rail cargo centres are being constructed in the vicinity of railway stations where farmers can store their produce. The effort is to supply as many fruits and vegetables as possible to the household. Extra produce should reach the entrepreneurs engaged in the production of juice, pickle, sauce, chips etc., the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister remarked that the Government's priority is focussed on storage-linked infrastructure and processing industries associated with value addition in farming products. He said about 6,500 such projects have been approved under Mega Food Parks, Cold Chain Infrastructure and Agro Processing Cluster, under the PM Krishi Sampada Yojana. Rs 10,000 crore have been sanctioned for micro food processing industries under AatmaNirbhar Abhiyan package.

PM Modi said that it is the participation and support of the rural people, farmers and youth that makes the government's efforts successful. Farmer Recent reforms will lead to expansion of agribusiness and these groups will be the biggest beneficiaries. Private investment in agriculture will support the government's effort to help these groups.

#Maharashtra #KisanRail #WestBengal