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92% of arable land has been planted with Kharif crop despite rainfall deficit

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

New Delhi: In spite of a total rainfall deficit of 12% as on Friday, farmers have managed to plant Kharif crops on 92% of the total arable area.

Amritsar: Farmers busy working in their fields on a hot day on the outskirts of Amritsar on June 8, 2015. (Photo: IANS)

The agriculture ministry said that as on Friday, the total area sown this year is 96.78 million hectares as against 95.69 million hectares in the previous year i.e. an increase by 1%, according to a report in Economic Times.

On one hand, the area under Rice cultivation stood at 34.59 million hectares which is more or less same as previous year. On the other hand, the area under cultivation of pulses, coarse cereals, sugarcane, and oil seeds increased by 12%, 3%, 4%, and 1%, respectively. They were cultivated in 10.55 million hectares, 17.25 million hectares, 4.88 million hectares, and 17.46 million hectares, respectively.

Meanwhile, the water levels in the major reservoirs decreased further from 92% of the last 10-year average last week to 88%, according to Central Water Commission as quoted in ET.

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84% Indians Hope to Retain Their Jobs Despite Automation: WEF

Indians see automation, but hopeful of keeping jobs

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Although majority of Indians think their jobs would be automated in the next 10 years, 84 per cent hope to retain their jobs. (Representational Image) Pixabay

Although majority of Indians think their jobs would be automated in the next 10 years, 84 per cent hope to retain their jobs, supported by their skills, according to a report by World Economic Forum (WEF) and Ipsos.

India tops the list in terms of expectation of jobs automation, as around 71 per cent respondents expect their jobs to be automated. Saudi Arabia comes second with 56 per cent respondents expecting jobs getting automated, and in China 55 per cent respondents feel the same.

“Interestingly, 84 per cent of urban Indians polled are confident of keeping their jobs, using the skills they possess. The survey also shows across all markets, Indians are most confident, followed by the Netherlands (83 per cent) and the US (82 per cent),” the report said.

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Indians realise while automation is likely they know it will act as an enabler to improve efficiencies in deliverability. Pixabay

The markets least confident of holding onto their jobs in the face of automation, include Japan (23 per cent), South Korea (33 per cent) and Russia (50 per cent).

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Commenting on the survey, Parijat Chakraborty of Ipsos India said, “Indian job market is hierarchy driven, promotions are skills and performance-led. Indians realise while automation is likely they know it will act as an enabler to improve efficiencies in deliverability; human intellect, skill-sets and capital will still be needed to get the job done.” (IANS)

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