Operation Greens 500 Cr. Scheme, Solar Pump on Subsidy, Agriculture, Tractor Update – Khetigaadi #8

Khetigaadi AgriTalk – Operation Greens 500 Cr. Scheme, Solar Pump on Subsidy, Agriculture, Tractor Update *Government okays norms for Rs 500 crore ‘Operation Greens’ scheme for onion, potato and tomato. * World Bank has signed an agreement with the government of India and government of Andhra Pradesh to extend a loan of $172.2 million (Rs 1,257 crore) to help turn farming in Andhra a financially viable activity. *A collective of organic farmers has initiated a programme to help and rebuild the farms and livelihood of the farmers in Idukki, the hub of spice cultivation in Kerala, which was one of the worst affected districts in heavy rains and flood that hit the state in August. *The Uttar Pradesh government has eased e-procurement norms of paddy from small and marginal farmers, allowing them to sell up to 100 quintals of the commodity without verification of crop and land details. This is being done to boost procurement. Earlier, procurement of up to 25 quintals from small farmers and 50 quintals from marginal farmers was allowed without verification *The Government of Odisha last week announced a special package for the people affected by cyclone ‘Titli’ and consequent floods in the State. *The Uttar Pradesh government will give 10,000 solar pumpsfor irrigation purpose to farmers at up to 70% subsidy on a first come-first serve basis this fiscal, Solar energy-driven pump set is an emerging alternative of electrical and diesel pump systems in farm irrigation. *Jharkhand launches tractor renting portal for farmers, state owned organic brand launched *Sonalika gifts 60 tractor to Cuba

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