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Natural farming not only solution to chemicals in food: NITI Aayog member

-Business Standard He said India's Food Security was expected to sustain for a long time, as foodgrains production was growing much faster rate as compared to the population growth NITI Aayog member Ramesh Chand on Tuesday said public perception of growing harmful effects of chemicals in food cannot be addressed by organic farming or zero budget farming alone. Chand said the plant protection industry should play an active role in assuring cons

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PDS contributes to Food Security, research finds

n selected rural areas of Salem district since 2017. At the end of two-year research, the team has found that the PDS has great support among its users in rural areas and contributed positively to Food Security Vice-chancellor of Periyar University P Kolandaivel said, “In the coming months, the team will be making recommendations to enhance nutritional security of PDS offerings, to the state government.” The team of professors, in

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Climate change could cause 29% spike in cereal prices: leaked UN report -Nitin Sethi

t to rise. The report by the UN Inter-governmental panel on climate change, is called, “IPCC Special Report on Climate Change, Desertification, Land Degradation, Sustainable Land Management, Food Security, and Greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems.” The report will be put before all member countries of the UN Framework Convention and once it gets their stamp of approval by consensus it will be made public on August 8. Th

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Death by digital exclusion? : on faulty public distribution system in Jharkhand -Shiv Sahay Singh

the paste of a wild fruit. There is no telling where the next meal will come from. Soren, Kisku and Hembram had ‘priority household’ cards that were later cancelled. Under the National Food Security Act, 2013, the PDS ensures 5 kg of foodgrain per person per month to those who hold these cards. Antyodaya families, or the poorest of the poor, are entitled to 35 kg of foodgrain per family per month under the Act. These people are not e

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MP Raju Shetti, Maharashtra's foremost farmer leader and president of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghtana, interviewed by Ajaz Ashraf (

farmer leader and president of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghtana. In this interview, Shetti explains why zero budget farming, if implemented on a large-scale, will prove disastrous for India and imperil Food Security. * Ajaz: What do you think of zero budget natural farming, which has created quite a buzz because of Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s focus on it? Raju: To begin with, my objection is to the term, zero budget farming.

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Promises and Priorities - An Analysis of Union Budget (2019-20) -CBGA

socio-economic development issues that need to be addressed through fiscal interventions. We have focused on social sectors (such as education, health, drinking water and sanitation, nutrition and Food Security etc.), agriculture, employment and the responsiveness of the Budget towards the vulnerable sections of the population (such as women, children, dalits, adivasis, religious minorities and persons with disabilities). The publication is shar

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'One nation one ration card' scheme from July 1, 2020 -Priscilla Jebaraj

s given one more year to use point of sale machines in ration shops, says Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan New Delhi: ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ scheme, which will allow portability of Food Security benefits, will be available across the country from July 1, 2020. This means poor migrant workers will be able to buy subsidised rice and wheat from any ration shop in the country, so long as their ration cards are linked to Aadhaar. All

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Govt. to offer extra subsidised foodgrain -Dipak K Dash & Sidhartha

rains at subsidised rates to offload massive stocks piled up in granaries due to a liberal support price regime and also add a kilo of sugar to the monthly ration for beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA). Over the next few days, the Union Cabinet is expected to decide on providing additional 2 kg grains to every NFSA beneficiary on a monthly basis — a move that will increase the monthly quota to 7 kg. While 81 crore indiv

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Anaemia is a public health emergency that needs to be addressed immediately -Alok Kumar & Vedeika Shekhar

ism in its record against malnutrition. Despite major government interventions — including providing highly subsidised foodgrains to the poorest 67 per cent of the population under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), a free Mid-day Meal Scheme (MDM) that targets around 100 million students in government schools and a supplementary nutrition programme through the ICDS network — the country is home to the largest number of malnourished ch

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No change in MGNREGA wage rates observed between 2018-19 and 2019-20 for 4 states & 2 UTs

for only 59 percent. The CPI-Rural also provides for higher expenditure on education, medical care and transport and communication.   Against the backdrop of the enactment of National Food Security Act in 2013, the rate of inflation of CPI-AL (1986-87=100) and CPI-RL (1986-87=100) will be lower vis-à-vis the inflation rate of CPI-Rural (2012=100) in the recent years. It is because the former two indices give higher weights to fo

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