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India’s first ‘Kisan Rail’ flagged off from Maharashtra’s Deolali to Bihar’s Danapur

The country’s first ever weekly ‘Kisan Rail” was flagged off on Friday from Maharashtra’s Deolali to Bihar’s Danapur to help farmers send their perishable agro products to inter-state markets without any delay.Shri. Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Minister, flagged off the train virtually in the presence of railways minister Piyush Goyal and others.Goyal, tweeted, “This is the beginning of a major change in the lives of the farmers and consumers of the country”.

The announcement of this train for farmers cultivating vegetables and fruits was made in the rail budget this year.Chief spokesperson of East Central Railway (ECR), headquartered at Hajipur in Bihar, Rajesh Kumar said the ‘Kisan Rail’ will provide seamless connectivity among farmers, markets and consumers.”All the required measures have been taken to safely transport perishable vegetables and fruits,” he said.He said the train has 11 specially built parcel coaches equipped with fridges to serve as cold storage on the go.

The ‘Kisan Rail’ will depart from Deolali in Nashik at 11 am every Friday and reach Danapur at 6.45 pm the next day. The train will halt en route at Nashik Road, Manmad, Jalgaon, Bhusaval, Burhanpur, Khandwa, Itarsi, Jabalpur, Satna, Katni, Manikpur, Prayagraj Chheoki, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay junction and Buxar stations.On its return journey, the train will depart from Danapur at 12 noon every Sunday and reach Deolali at 7.45 pm the next day.

“Earlier, these were moved in trucks to other states but now the farmers can book bogies according to their needs with zero risk of damages to crops and agro products,” Kumar said.

From the Maharashtra side, onions, grapes and other perishable fruits will get markets elsewhere and from the Bihar side, makhana, fish and vegetables would be transported to big markets outside.

Source: https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2020/aug/07/indias-first-kisan-rail-flagged-off-from-maharashtras-deolali-to-bihars-danapur-2180389.html


SBI links YONO Krishi with govt portal for delivery of horticulture seeds at farmers” doorsteps

New Delhi, Aug 28 (PTI): The country’s largest lender SBI on Friday said it has integrated YONO Krishi platform with government’s first online horticulture seed portal to facilitate delivery of high quality seeds at farmers’ doorsteps.

YONO Krishi integrates with ICAR IIHR seed portal to reach out to 2.7 crore customers registered on YONO, SBI said in a release.The Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) has been bringing new innovations in agriculture through research and development since last 91 years.

Indian Institute of Horticulture Research (IIHR) team has brought out a digital portal for farmers to purchase seeds of high yielding and disease resistant varieties, it said.Farmers across the country can shop for IIHR variety of seeds suitable for different climatic zones and geographical areas, SBI said.It will empower farmer customers to purchase the high yield, high quality seeds being sold by the research institute.

The integration was launched by Agriculture Minister Shri. Narendra Singh Tomar in presence of SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar earlier on Wednesday (August 26), the lender said.”Wherever technology has been used, it has helped the rural areas significantly, in which banks have made significant contribution over the years. State Bank of India, being the largest bank, has played a pivotal role all along,” Tomar said.

With this integration of ICAR-IIHR with YONO Krishi, farmers will be able to purchase seeds certified by the research institute, the minister said.He said the entire amount of government schemes is reaching directly to beneficiaries due to transparency and SBI has contributed in implementation of government initiatives like PM-Kisan, Prime Minister Jan Dhan Yojana as well as transparent payments to the identified beneficiaries of the subsidies.

SBI’s one-stop YONO (you only need one) digital platform which was launched about two-and-a-half years ago has seen more than 56 million downloads with over 27 million registered users.YONO has partnered with over 80 e-commerce players in more than 20 categories and has also forayed into global markets such as the UK and Mauritius. PTI KPM MKJ

Source: https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/sbi-links-yono-krishi-with-govt-portal-for-delivery-of-horticulture-seeds-at-farmers-doorsteps/1924791


Agriculture clocks growth rate of 3.4% in Q1 despite GDP contraction

Agriculture and allied activities were the sole bright spot amid the dismal GDP performance of other sectors, clocking a growth rate of 3.4 per cent at constant prices in the first quarter of 2020-21.

Farm sector growth in the first quarter of 2019-20 was 3 per cent at constant prices.However, the growth, driven largely by a bumper rabi harvest and facilitated by relaxation in lockdown, may not have resulted in a big rise in income for a section of farmers. Evidence for this is Gross Value Added (GVA) at current prices for agriculture and allied sectors rising 5.7 per cent in Q1 of 2020-21 against 8.6 per cent in the same quarter last year.This translates into an agricultural inflation rate of 2.3 per cent in Q1 2020-21, down from 5.6 per cent in the first quarter of last financial year.

This was among the lowest increases in inflation in agriculture items in more than a year.Inflation, which is sometimes used as proxy for farmers’ income, was down, according to some experts, largely due to a dip in prices of items in allied sectors, which include horticulture, livestock, fisheries, and dairy.

Though prices of core crops remained largely steady during the lockdown months of April to June, mainly due to strong government procurement, prices of horticulture produce, namely vegetables, and livestock items such as eggs, meat, and milk dropped sharply at the producers’ level due to disruption in supplies from mandis to consumers and unfounded rumours about the virus spreading to protein food.Perhaps this was a reason why there was a divergence between wholesale prices and consumer prices in the lockdown months and in July, after the restrictions were relaxed.

India’s rabi production in the 2019-20 crop year (July to June) is estimated to be around 149.60 million tonnes, 4.10 per cent more than the previous year. Of that, wheat output is estimated at a record 106.21 million tonnes, which is 2.51 per cent more than last year.This is according to the last available official estimates.

“The sole positive in the economy is agriculture, which is a slight surprise because we all were expecting public administration, defence etc also to show positive growth, but that too turned negative,” said Madan Sabnavis, chief economist, CARE Ratings.He said good growth in agriculture and allied activities was largely due to the bumper rabi harvest, mainly wheat.Sabnavis said the agriculture sector would show positive growth momentum in the second quarter too, mainly on account of a good kharif harvest (a portion of which will start hitting the market in September, before the second-quarter numbers are out) and also due to good growth in allied activities.

Source: https://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/agriculture-clocks-growth-rate-of-3-4-in-q1-despite-gdp-contraction-120090100046_1.html