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GoI launches NCDC YouTube Channel “Sahakar Cooptube NCDC India”

On August 4, 2020, the Union Agriculture Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar launched YouTube channel of National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) called “Sahakar Cooptube NCDC India”.

Highlights

The channel will focus on encouraging youth and farmers to learn about the benefits of cooperatives. It will aim to bring in more youths in the cooperative sector.

The videos in the channel are to be launched in Hindi and other regional languages. The channel has so far been covering 18 states and more states are to be added in the near future.

Significance

The guidance videos being posted in the channel will help strengthening major initiatives of central government. It will help to promote 10,000 Farmer Producer Organizations. These 10,000 Farmer Producer Organizations were launched by PM Modi in February 2020.

Background

The Government of India is focusing on forming at least one FPO at each block level. This is for deeper percolation of the schemes such as Fasal Bima Yojana, PM Kisan Credit Card Scheme. The channel will help central government achieve this goal.

Current issue

In India around 86% of Indian farmers are small and marginal. Their average land holdings are less than 1.1 hectares. These farmers along with landless farmers are facing challenges in accessing quality seeds, technologies, fertilisers and pesticides. The FPOs and other cooperatives will provide a platform for collectivisation of small, marginal and landless farmers. They will give collective strength to deal with the above issues.

Thus, the NCDC Youtube channel will act as platform to reach to these inaccessible farmers and pull them into the cooperatives.

National Cooperative Development Corporation

The NCDC plays major role in the formation of Farmer Producer Organizations. According to the Agriculture Ministry, NCDC gained huge success with financial assistance of Rs 1,54,000 crores to the cooperatives.

The Cooperatives in India have proven their success in improving economic conditions of the farmers. They have acquired huge network of more than 8.5 lakh organizations. There are more than 290 million members in these organizations. These members are largely of rural and small marginal farmers.

CSIR Technologies for COVID-19 Mitigation Compendium

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on 23rd July 2020 launched a compilation of useful information about CSIR technologies for COVID-19 mitigation. He expressed his strong viewpoints on technological advancements and innovations undertaken by CSIR against COVID-19 and talked about how the country’s scientists and experts have contributed to the fight against the novel coronavirus. The Union minister also praised the contributions of COVID-19 fighters who have selflessly given their valuable time and service to the country at this juncture when the country needed them most.

Major highlights:

Currently, around 5 lakhs tests are conducted across the country and plan is to double fold the number in the upcoming months. Most of the ventilators are being made locally now after the PM Modi’s appeal to vocal for local. India is supplying hydroxychloroquine drug to nearly 150 countries worldwide. The country has shown one of the best COVID-19 recovery rates, around 64% in the world while the fatality rate has shown a considerable decline to 2.2%.

Compendium in-depth:

A wide range of technologies and products used in the fighting of COVID-19 from diagnostics, drugs, ventilators and PPE’S to using more than 100 technologies and 93 industry partners are explained in the compendium by the Union minister on Thursday. Among 100 of technologies over 60 of these technologies have been transferred for commercial production. India is among the very few countries where vaccine trial has reached to its final stage. Bharat Biotech and Zydus Cadila are the two companies which have been provided with the permission for the human trial across the country for the COVID-19 vaccine.