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ELECRAMA-Indian Electrical Industry Showcase inaugurated

On January 18, 2020, the ELECRAMA 2020 was held in Noida. The event showcases innovations and achievements of Indian Electrical Industry

Significance

The “ELECRAMA” platform is organized by Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers’ Association (IEEMA). It is supported by other ministries such as ministry of renewable energy, power, MSME (Micro Small and Medium Enterprises). It acts a platform to connect Indian industries with the world. The event also helps the world leaders share their ideas and develop cost effective solutions.

About the event

The ELECRAMA is one of the flagship events of Indian electrical industry. It brings complete package of solutions to every power problem. It includes transmission, generation, distribution, renewables, power electronics, electro mobility, power storage and automation.

Bottom line the event is important to develop the electrical energy sector in India.

Electrical Energy in India

India is the third largest producer and consumer of electricity. The National Grid of the country has the capacity of 368.79 GW as of December 2019. Of this 41.16% is used for industrial purposes, 24.76% is used for residential purposes, 17.69% is used for agricultural purposes and commercial sector consumes 8.24% of the total electrical energy generated in the country.

Of the 368.79 GW, the private sector production is 46%.

The above data was provided by Ministry of Power.

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Yoga Science Meet, Farmers Science Congress held at Indian Science Congress in Bengaluru

The Indian Science Congress was inaugurated by PM Modi on January 3, 2020. On the sidelines of the event, the Farmers Science Congress was conducted for the first time. The event also witnessed the Yoga Science Meet.

Farmers Science Congress

The Farmers Science congress was conducted for the first time in 107-year history of the Indian Science Congress. The event highlighted importance of innovational practices in agriculture. The conference is significant as the current era is shifting from becoming self-sufficient in production to nutritional security. The importance of programmes such as ARYA were stressed at the event.

ARYA

ARYA is Attracting and Retaining of Youth in Agriculture. It is being implemented by the ICAR. The programme aims at bringing the youth under Agriculture sector. This is to prevent the increase in migration of youth from rural areas to urban. It also aims at making them entrepreneurs by empowering them to take up agriculture and its allied services to gain employment.

Till now around 5,000 youths have been brought under the programme.

Other Highlights

The event also stressed upon the following

  • Development of nano-fertilizers and nano-pesticides by ICAR in order to promote organic farming.
  • Around 56 models of integrated farming have been developed that will be promoted by NABARD and linked to rural development programmes.
  • Farmers Innovation Centres and Innovation Funds are to be set up.
Themes

The Farmer Science Congress was held under 3 different themes namely.

  • Farmers innovation on integrated agriculture and entrepreneurship to double farmers’ income
  • Climate change, bio-diversity, conservation.
  • Agrarian distress, farmers empowerment and rural bio-entrepreneurship.

Yoga Science Meet

The Yoga Science Meet was organised on January 6, 2020. The meet discussed how Yoga helps insulate from diseases. Also, the meet explained yoga postures and therapies.

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