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    • India is the first country in the world to utilise drones in anti-locust operations and the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has lauded the agriculture department’s work in fighting locusts using the latest technology.

      The ecosystem can help the government achieve its goal of doubling farm income by 2022. It can also power the rural economy, seen as an important engine that will propel India towards its goal of becoming a $5 trillion economy by 2025, from $2.7 trillion now.

      “The scheme, operational for 10 years, will be reviewed by the Department of Expenditure for evaluation and mid-course correction if required,” said a senior agriculture department official, who did not wish to be identified. “It will be monitored regularly through an online platform. All assets created under this scheme will be geotagged for effective real-time monitoring.”

      Agriculture and allied activities are expected to grow 2-3% in the ongoing fiscal year, on the back of favourable government policies and forecast of a normal monsoon, after a 4% expansion in fiscal 2020. Overall, the economy is forecast to contract up to 7% in fiscal 2021, indicating a deep decline in industry and services.

      The recent reforms, including three ordinances to provide barrier-free trading platforms to farmers, are aimed at addressing the post-production challenges and ensuring better returns to farmers, said Ashok Dalwai, CEO of the National Rainfed Area Authority under the agriculture ministry.

      He further said the project will not only help in improving agricultural development and environment but will also create employment opportunities and lead to substantive development of the region. Tomar said there is a lot of scope for development of the Beehad area in Gwalior-Chambal region. The Chambal Expressway will be built and will pass through this area, by which the overall development of the region would be possible.

      Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has approved the formation of these committees. The panels will fulfil the objective of setting up more and more farmer producer organisations in the state as per the target and providing better income opportunities to farmers through these organisations, an official statement said on Saturday.

      Emphasising the importance of seed diversity, UN Ambassador K Nagaraj Naidu said 75% of world's plant genetic diversity has been lost as farmers have shifted from local varieties to genetically uniform, high-yielding crop breeds, thus reducing crop ability to survive when faced with challenges.

      It’s a little over a month since finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a Rs 20 trillion stimulus package, which includes measures to improve agricultural infrastructure in the face of the economic battering caused by Covid-19.

      The broad specification comes a little over one month after India’s civil aviation regulator granted the agriculture ministry conditional exemption to use drones in anti-locust operations, making India the first country to do so.

      The last few months have brought game-changing and speedy reforms. These include amendment in the Essential Commodities Act (ECA) and the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020.

      One key focus area could be cultivating horticulture crops that conform to the quality, colour, shape and chemical contents acceptable in foreign countries or which are fit for further processing.

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