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Governor Will Prepare A Framework For Zero-Budget Natural Farming

Natural farming departments have been set up

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Governor Will Prepare A Framework For Zero-Budget Natural Farming
Governor Will Prepare A Framework For Zero-Budget Natural Farming, Pixabay

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi entrusting him the responsibility to lead Governors in expanding natural farming, Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat will coordinate and prepare a framework for making zero-budget natural farming feasible across the country.

Zero budget means without using any credit or without spending any money on purchased inputs, while natural farming stands for farming in accordance with nature and without the use of chemical fertilisers.

A government spokesman on Tuesday quoted the Governor as saying that natural farming departments have been set up in agricultural and horticultural universities in the hill state and instructions given to Ph.D students to work with the farmers in the field and share their research work with them.

Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat being welcomed by CM Virbhadra Singh and Speaker BBL Butail on his arrival on the first day of Budget Session of the State assembly
Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat being welcomed by CM Virbhadra Singh and Speaker BBL Butail on his arrival on the first day of Budget Session of the State assembly, Flickr

Devvrat said the state government had taken the modality of zero budget natural farming seriously and made a budgetry provision of Rs 25 crore this fiscal.

Devvrat attended the 49th Governors’ Conference held in New Delhi on June 4 and 5 where he discussed in detail the implementation of the centrally-sponsored schemes in the state, quality education at the university level, skill development, internal security and new initiatives through the Raj Bhavan.

In his address at the meet, the Governor said Himachal Pradesh was seriously working on the Prime Minister’s resolve to double the income of the farmers by 2022.

The Governor’s book entitled ‘Zero- Budget Natural Farming’ is being distributed free of cost among Himachal farmers.

In a first in India, Andhra Pradesh launched on June 2 a scaled-out plan to transition six million farms/farmers who cultivate eight million hectares from conventional synthetic chemical agriculture to zero budget natural farming by 2024, thus making it India’s first 100 per cent natural farming state.

Farm in countryside
Farm in countryside, Pixabay

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The programme is a contribution towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on ‘No Poverty’, Clean Water and Sanitation’, ‘Responsible Consumption and Production’ and ‘Life on Land’.(IANS)

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India’s Thermal Coal Imports Can Expect 10% Increase this Year

India's 2018 thermal coal imports rose at the fastest pace in four years, adding to India's trade deficit and hurting the valuation of the rupee.

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FILE - A laborer works inside a coal yard on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, April 6, 2017. VOA

India’s thermal coal imports could rise by about 10 percent in 2019 due to rail transport problems and other logistical bottlenecks, an executive at the country’s largest coal trader Adani Enterprises said on Tuesday.

Thermal coal imports rose in 2018 after two years of decline, despite moves by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to cut the country’s imports in a bid to reduce the trade deficit.

Rajendra Singh, chief operating officer for coal trading at Adani Enterprises, said thermal coal imports this year could total 174 million-177 million tons.

“We expect a 10 percent increase in imported coal because of an immediate gap in supply from Coal India and power demand and demand from other sectors,” Singh said at the Coaltrans conference.

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Rajendra Singh, chief operating officer for coal trading at Adani Enterprises, said thermal coal imports this year could total 174 million-177 million tons. Pixabay

Coal is among the top five commodities imported by India, and over three-fifths of its thermal coal imports come from Indonesia, while over a fifth is imported from South Africa.

India’s 2018 thermal coal imports rose at the fastest pace in four years, adding to India’s trade deficit and hurting the valuation of the rupee, the worst performing major Asian currency in 2018.

The Adani Group, which handles about a third of India’s imported coal, expects “rail transportation challenges” to lead to a “reasonable rise in imports” until fiscal year 2021 when they will stabilize.

Singh said he expects small and medium scale industries such as the sponge iron industry, tile manufacturers, cement producers and textiles to contribute to higher demand for seaborne coal, adding that an industrial shift from petcoke to coal was fueling higher imports.

 

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Coal is among the top five commodities imported by India, and over three-fifths of its thermal coal imports come from Indonesia, while over a fifth is imported from South Africa. Pixabay

Petcoke, or petroleum coke, is a refinery byproduct which is a dirtier alternative to coal. Its usage has been banned in some parts of the country, and policy flip-flops over its usage have led to a fall in demand for the fuel.

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State-run Coal India Ltd, which accounts for four-fifths of India’s coal production, supplies largely to power plants rather than small and medium-scale industries.

Smaller scale industries have used imported coal in a big way, and while higher coal imports may be bad news for India’s trade deficit, they are a boon for international miners and global commodity merchants. (VOA)