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The emergence of agricultural NBFCs in India

Posted by my BigHaat on

A new breed of non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) is emerging in India: Agricultural NBFCs. As agricultural marketing and warehousing companies look to expand their businesses, a number of them are seeking to provide financial services to farmers and farm-related businesses, many of whom would be existing clients. Agricultural warehousing companies such as Star Agriwarehousing and Collateral Management Ltd, Shree Shubham Logistics Ltd and Sohan Lal Commodity Management Pvt. Ltd have already started such NBFCs, whileNational Bulk Handling Corp. and National Collateral Management Services Ltd are exploring the option. Automobile companies were the first to try this model, starting dedicated vehicle...

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Agriculture ministry preparing for less rain

Posted by Raj Kancham on

Encourages states on short-duration and less of rain-dependent crops, pushes seed availability in case of re-sowing as IMD predicts deficit in rainfall this year.     With the forecast of monsoon rain revised downward, the Union ministry of agriculture has directed states to be ready with contingency plans.Earth Sciences Minister Harsh Vardhan said rainfall would be only 88 per cent of the long-term average from the 93 per cent expected earlier, due to delay in its onset.“In our early-season meetings with state secretaries, we asked them to increase seed availability by at least by 15 per cent, barring soybean. We have asked states to begin with...

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ವಿಜ್ಞಾನ ಮತ್ತು ಪರಿಸರ: ಪರಿಸರ ವಾದಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಹೊಸದಾರಿ ದೀಪ

Posted by Raj Kancham on

ಪ್ರಪಂಚದಾದ್ಯಂತ ಪರಿಸರವಾದಿಗಳು ಮಾಂಸಾಹಾರದ ವಿರುದ್ಧವಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಈ ಅಧುನಿಕ ಜಗತ್ತಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾಂಸ ಉತ್ಪಾದನೆ ಎಂಬುದು ಒಂದು ಬೃಹತ್ ಉದ್ಯಮವಾಗಿ ಬೆಳೆದಿರುವುದು ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಗೊತ್ತಿರುವ ಸಂಗತಿ. ಒಂದು ಕೆ.ಜಿ. ಮಾಂಸ ಉತ್ಪತ್ತಿ ಮಾಡಲು ಸರಿಸುಮಾರು ಹತ್ತು ಕೆ.ಜಿ. ದವಸಧಾನ್ಯ ಪ್ರಾಣಿ ಪಕ್ಷಿಗಳಿಗೆ ತಿನ್ನಿಸಬೇಕಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಅದೇ ರೀತಿ ಒಂದು ಕೆ.ಜಿ. ಮಾಂಸ ಉತ್ಪಾದನೆಗೆ ಸುಮಾರು 20,940 ಲೀಟರ್ ಬಳಕೆಯಾದರೆ ಒಂದು ಕೆಜಿ ಗೋಧಿ ಬೆಳೆಯಲು 503 ಲೀಟರ್ ನೀರು ಸಾಕು. ನೀರಿನ ಬಳಕೆ ಒಂದು ಕಡೆಯಾದರೆ, ಮಾಂಸಕ್ಕಾಗಿಯೇ ಸಾಕಲ್ಪಡುವ ಪ್ರಾಣಿಗಳಿಂದ ಉತ್ಪತ್ತಿಯಾಗುವ ವಿಸರ್ಜನೆ ಶೇಖಡ 130 ಪಟ್ಟು ಹೆಚ್ಚು. ಇದರಿಂದ ಪರಿಸರ ಕಲುಷಿತವಾಗುತ್ತಿರುವುದು ಮತ್ತು ಬ್ಯಾಕ್ಟೀರಿಯಾಗಳು ಹರಡುತ್ತಿರುವುದು ಸತ್ಯ. ಮಾಂಸಕ್ಕಾಗಿಯೇ ಬೆಳಸುವ ಪ್ರಾಣಿಗಳನ್ನ ಅನೇಕ ರಾಸಾಯನಿಕ ಮತ್ತು ವೈದ್ಯಕೀಯ ಔಷಧಿ, ಇಂಜೆಕ್ಷನ್ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಹೇಳುವುದೇ ಬೇಡ. ಅದಕ್ಕಿಂತ ಮುಖ್ಯವಾಗಿ ಪ್ರಾಣಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಕೊಡುವ ಹಿಂಸೆ. ಅನೇಕ ಸಾರಿ ಈ ಪ್ರಾಣಿಗಳು ಸಹಜವಾಗಿ ಬದುಕುವುದೇ ಇಲ್ಲ. ಬಹುತೇಕ ಜೀವನ ಒಂದು ಪುಟ್ಟ ಪೆಟ್ಟಿಗೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕಳೆದು ಬಿಡುತ್ತವೆ.ಅಧುನಿಕ ತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞಾನದಿಂದ ಹೆಚ್ಚು...

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Asia: vegetable production hub!

Posted by Sachin Nandwana on

Global vegetable production is around 261 million tons, which is around 20% of global food grain production().But, out of this, 225 million tons is produced in Asia  itself. Considering the fact that Asia has half of global population, Asian countries produce ( and consume ?) more vegetables than their counter parts in other continents. Vegetable production of Asia is around 70  Kg/yr/capita, as compared to global production of 40  Kg/yr/capita.  Major production in  Asia  is coming from China  (152 million tons) and India (31  million tons).More alarming fact is that  India, major populous country of Asia, has only 24 Kg...

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Karnataka govt providing tabs with agri. software for updates on crops

Posted by Raj Kancham on

Karnataka government is now providing e-kisaan tablets to farmers in districts of Bijapura and Bagalkote, which are having Internet connectivity, to get an update on crops. This information was given by Karnataka minister for planning & statistics, IT, BT, science and technology S R Patil while addressing the recently-held Bangalore India Bio 2015, which focussed on bio-agriculture.A software on agriculture will be operational on these tablets providing information on farm management and yield data and field mapping. It will also provide information on monsoons and seed sowing.  The minister assured that all efforts to start BT crop trials were on...

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