Ministry of Agriculture Current Affairs - 2020

Government launches Livestock Disease Forewarning–Mobile Application

The Union Ministry of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has launched Livestock Disease Forewarning –Mobile Application (LDF-Mobile App).

It was launched by Union Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh in New Delhi. During the launch, the Minister also informed that dreaded Rinderpest disease has been eradicated from India

Key Facts

LDF-Mobile App was developed by ICAR-National Institute of Veterinary Epidemiology and Disease Informatics (ICAR-NIVEDI), Bengaluru. This app will be beneficial for consumers and stakeholders engaged in disease control programmes.

The app will provide early diseases warning and also information about clinical samples for diagnosis in case of epidemic so that immediate action in case of epidemic. This app works on all kind of android smartphones and takes up 2.5 MB space.

ICAR-NIVEDI had identified 13 priority diseases based on their past incidence patterns and built strong database of these diseases on app. The app considers both climatic and non-climatic factors and categorizes districts for a particular disease into Very High Risk, High Risk, Moderate Risk, Low Risk, Very Low Risk and No Risk so that stakeholders can effectively plan and utilize the available resources.

22nd Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium held in New Delhi

The 22nd meeting of Board of Mangement (BOM) of Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC) was held in New Delhi. It was chaired by Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh. Various activities of SFAC were reviewed during meeting.

Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium

SFAC is an autonomous society promoted by Union Ministry of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers’ Welfare. It was established in 1994 and is registered under Societies Registration Act 1860. It is also registered as Non-Banking Financial Institution (NBFC) by Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

Its fundamental objective is to link small farmers to agricultural value chain, which includes investments, technology and markets in association with private, corporate or cooperative sector. It also provides capital support in form of Venture Capital Assistance (VCA) and Project Development Facility (PDF) for economic inclusion of small and marginal farmers in agribusiness activities.

It also promotes farmer producer organisations (FPOs) and their integration in agriculture value chain. Recently it was entrusted with task of implementation of critically important Delhi KisanMandi and National Agriculture Market Scheme (NAM) on e-platform to progressively free agricultural trade and offer price discovery to farmers.