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Karnataka Government decides to set up Asia’s first Rice Technology Park in Gangavati

Karnataka Government has decided to go ahead with the establishment of Asia’s first Rice Technology Park at Gangavati in Koppal district.

Apart from it state government has decided to set upa Maize Technology Park at Ranebennur in Haveri district.

Key facts

  • Both parks will be established on the public-private participation model as a one-stop solution to all problems of rice and maize growers.
  • As a value addition, the rice technology park would have facilities for rice flour, rice bran oil, rice rava, rice-based alcohol, noodles, animal and poultry feed and paddy husk used for power generation and brick-making.
  • These parks would pave the way for opening new avenues for rice and maize growers.
  • It will help growers to add value to their produce and get better returns and also enhance quality of the produce.

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Andhra Pradesh Harita-Priya Agriculture Project wins 2016 WSIS Prize

Andhra Pradesh Agriculture Project  has won the prestigious World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 2016 prize in the e-Agriculture category.

Harita-Priya (Harmonized Information of Agriculture, Revenue and Irrigation for a Transformation Agenda – Precision Technology for Agriculture) Project is meant to collect very specific climate data from farms and give farmers personalised information through SMS.

Key facts

  • The Harita-Priya Project uses wireless sensor networks to collect micro-climatic information from farms.
  • The data is used to create advisories and alerts on irrigation schedules and pests and plant diseases.
  • Based on this state agriculture officers disseminate personalised crop advisories in Telugu language to farmers by way of SMS.
  • The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) in Hyderabad has developed the project and is having a pilot run in Anantpur district.
  • Andhra Pradesh government, Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) station and Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University also have partnered for the project.

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NABARD partners with Germany for food security initiative

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has entered into collaboration with German Government for a special programme on Soil Protection and Rehabilitation for Food Security‘.

The programme is part of the German government’s recently introduced special initiative ‘One World, No Hunger’ initiative.

As part of the collaboration NABARD is anchoring two programmes viz.

  • Soil conservation and rehabilitation of degraded land programme in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
  • Innovation of watershed development and climate change adaptation programmes in five states Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

Germany’s ‘One World, No Hunger’ addresses areas such as food and nutrition security, protection and sustainable use of natural resources in rural areas, promotion of innovation and promotion of responsible land use and access to land. India is the only country in Asia chosen for this initiative.

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