Agriculture

DD Kisan, India’s first television channel dedicated to farmers launched by PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 26 May 2015 launched India’s first television channel DD Kisan dedicated to farmers in New Delhi.

The 24X7 channel is owned by public service broadcaster Doordarshan (DD) and is dedicated to agriculture and allied sectors.

Features of DD Kisan

  • DD Kisan will disseminate real-time inputs to farmers on new farming techniques, water conservation and organic farming.
  • It will also share best farm practices in different parts of the country, quiz shows for farmers, a bottoms-up approach involving agriculturists.
  • The channel show will also invite programme suggestions from general public and real-time interaction with experts and farm scientists.

Prior to launching this channel, Prasar Bharati was running ‘Krishi Darshan’ programme on DD1 for farmers. It was one of the longest running programmes on DD and was launched on January 26, 1967.

Background

During the Budget of 2014, NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had had earmarked 100 crore rupees to this dedicated channel to fulfill it election promise. BJP in its 2014 Lok Sabha election manifesto had announced that if they come to power they will set up dedicated 24X7 channel for Indian Farmers.

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Union Cabinet approves revival of the Sindri unit of the Fertilizer Corporation India

Union Cabinet has approved the revival of closed urea unit of Fertilizer Corporation India Limited (FICL) at Sindri in Jharkhand with an investment of 6000 crore rupees.

Decision in this regard was taken at Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

FICL’s Sindri unit was lying defunct and was not in operation along with its associated facilities since 2002.

Union government has taken this decision in order to meet the growing demand of urea in eastern states of India including Bihar, West Bengal and Jharkhand.

Starting this plant will also ease the pressure on railway and road infrastructure due to transportation of urea on long distance from Western and Central Regions. This unit will also create 500 direct and 3000 indirect employments in this region.

Apart from this decision, Union Cabinet also gave its nod for setting up of a new ammonia-urea complex at Namrup in Assam on Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode with an estimated investment of 4500 crore rupees.

This approved complex will have an annual capacity of 8.64 lakh metric tonnes and play key role in meeting the growing demand of urea in North-East, Bihar, West Bengal and Jharkhand. It will also accelerate the economic development of the region and open new avenues for the people of the North-East.

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Union Government sanctions 30 cold storage projects chain with Rs 725 crore outlay

Union Government has sanctioned proposals for setting up 30 new cold storage projects chain in the country with a total investment of 724.9 crore rupees.

It was announced by Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Badal in New Delhi. For this project Union Food Processing Ministry will provide grant of 274.9 crore rupees.

Key Facts

  • These projects will play important role in reducing the wastage of food in the country.
  • The total capacity of these projects will be around 1.12 lakh tonnes of cold storage and 11.10 lakh litres of milk storage per day.
  • It will also attract an additional investment of 470 crore rupees and result in addition of 209 refrigerated container vehicles.

These sanctioned projects are part of 138 integrated cold chain projects which were approved by the Union government. Currently 108 approved projects are under implementation and 52 projects have been completed and are operational.

Once all these 138 cold chain projects become operational, it will add total 4.76 lakh tonnes of storage capacity in the country along with 118 lakh litres per day milk processing capacity and 810 reefer vehicles.

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