Sat, Feb 25, 2017 | updated 01:28 AM IST

Agartala hosts special meeting on promotion of pulses cultivation in NER

Updated: Sep 21, 2016 11:48 IST

Agartala [India], Sept. 21 (ANI): A two-day special meeting on improvement and promotion of pulses cultivation in North-Eastern Region (NER) concluded here at the Pragya Bhavan yesterday.

Organised by ICAR in collaboration with the Tripura government's agriculture department, the meeting was inaugurated by Tripura Minster of Forest and Rural Development Naresh Jamatia, Dr S V Ngachan, Director, ICAR Research Complex for NER, Meghalaya and scientist and lecturers of various agriculture universities and colleges of the region.

Along with the discussion, a state-level farmers' meet on promotion of pulses and exhibition of various crops and technology was also held to encourage farmers.

Dr S V Ngachan said, "India including the Northeast has acute deficiency in pulse production; however, the Northeast region particularly has huge potential of promotion and production of various varieties of pulses. Only 5000 MT pulses are coming out of Tripura state, it is too less in comparison to the requirement which is very high."

He suggested that pulse crop has to be promoted in the NER for not only to fetch the demand but also to protecting the soil fertility and address other environmental issues and for which the various state and central government organizations have to work together.

"Our farmers should go for double the crop so that pulse can equally be grown for sustaining our agriculture - for the soil, for food and so many other environmental reasons. We are seriously thinking how further seed requirements can be meet, how production can be enhanced, what are the programs those can already be promote. State government's involvement also has to be there and all the state government of the Northeast has been invited so how we can convergent work together," said the director, ICAR Research Complex for NER.

He also suggested for resistant variety pulse seed and according to the soil and environmental condition of the region.

Low genetic yield of Indian pulses and their vulnerability to pests and diseases is a major hindrance to adoption of pulses by farmers. Being rain-fed, pulses often experience drought at critical growth stages. The risk of low productivity and income is too high for farmers to bear. The lack of drought- and disease-resistant varieties of pulse seeds is alarming.

The union government has taken a number of steps to boost the production of pulses, such as expanding the National Food Security Mission (NFSM) from 16 to 29 states including North-Eastern states, hilly states, Kerala and Goa. Under NFSM the pulses programme is being conducted in 638 districts of 29 states.

During 2016-17 under NFSM a sum of Rs 1100 crore has been earmarked as the central share for pulses programmes out of the entire allocation of Rs 1700 crore. (ANI)

61 Cavalry bags Army Polo Championship

Updated: Feb 25, 2017 00:39 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb. 25 (ANI): The famous Army Polo Championship saw a thrilling final match between 61 Cavalry and Army Service Corps with the former bagging the championship.

Full Story >>

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Feb. 25 (ANI): A 15-member middle level delegation of People's Liberation Army (PLA), China, led by Major General Zhao Jin Song, is on a three-day visit to HQ Eastern Command (EC), Kolkata from February 23-26.

Full Story >>

Telangana CM announces salary hike for VRA's

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 21:50 IST

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday announced 64.61 percent hike in the salaries of Village Revenue Assistants (VRA), who are working on hereditary basis.

Full Story >>

TN CM Palaniswami meets PM Modi in Coimbatore

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 21:44 IST

Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): India and Germany on Friday approved on a comprehensive Social Security Agreement (SSA) that will come into effect from May, to improve investment flows between the two countries.

Full Story >>

Yoga a passport to health assurance: PM Modi

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 21:16 IST

Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu.) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Emphasizing the significance of yoga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the entire world wants peace not only from wars but also from stress and it could only be gained by practicing yoga.

Full Story >>

J-K: Grenade hurled on police post in Pulwama

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 20:40 IST

Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir), [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): A grenade was hurled on police post by suspected militants on Friday at Kakapora area in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Changez Multani, an independent corporator, on Friday extended his support to Shiv Sena.

Full Story >>

New Delhi, [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): The Delhi Police on Friday filed a chargesheet against the four men accused of gang raping a U.S. tourist at the Patiala House Court in Delhi.

Full Story >>

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Friday said becoming militants were sacrificing their lives for the freedom of the nation.

Full Story >>

Onboard Air India One, Feb. 24 (ANI): Vice President Hamid Ansari on Friday said that his nine years in office have been very productive and he has enjoyed them immensely.

Full Story >>

Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today unveiled a 112-foot tall bust of Adiyogi Shiva at the Isha Foundation at the foothills of Velliangiri mountains here.

Full Story >>

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb.24: Former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar on Saturday launched a new party named 'MGR Amma Deepa Peravai' on the eve of the late former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's 69th birth anniversary.

Full Story >>

Onboard Air India One, Feb. 24 (ANI): En-route from Kampala to Delhi, Vice President Hamid Ansari on Friday said that a significant trade imbalance exists between India and Uganda.

Full Story >>

5.2- magnitude earthquake jolts Manipur

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 18:52 IST

Imphal (Manipur) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): An earthquake of 5.2 magnitude jolted Manipur Friday evening.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): The Shiv Sena on Friday thanked the people of Maharashtra for showing faith in the party during the recent held Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation BMC polls.

Full Story >>

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Late Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar on Friday said she would surely contest elections from the former's constituency, R.K. Nagar, in the next elections.

Full Story >>

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader and former Tamil Nadu chief minister O. Panneerselvam on Friday said he is the true AIADMK leader and added that the MLAs who voted in favour of Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami during the February floor test don't represent the party in the state assembly.

Full Story >>

New Delhi, [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is making a mark in Odisha because of its popular schemes.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb.24: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Working President M.K Stalin met President Pranab Mukherjee today to seek a fresh trust vote in the Tamil Nadu Assembly through a secret ballot voting procedure.

Full Story >>