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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
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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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UPI Continues To Remain Most preferred Mode of Payment in India

The country has witnessed full range of Aadhaar enabled banking services through AePS over the past few years

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"UPI is perhaps the fastest product to hit 1 billion transactions-a-month in 2019 since its inception in August 2016. Wikimedia Commons

Unified Payments Interface (UPI) remained the most preferred mode of payment in terms of volume followed by debit cards, Immediate Payment Services (IMPS) and credit cards, said a new report on Thursday.

UPI recorded a transaction volume of 10.8 billion in 2019, a year-over-year increase of 188 per cent, said the report from payments company Worldline India (WI). “UPI is perhaps the fastest product to hit 1 billion transactions-a-month in 2019 since its inception in August 2016,” said the “India Digital Payments Report 2019”.

The findings of the report suggest that in India, digital payment products are being primarily utilised for person-to-person (P2P) transactions than person-to-merchants (P2M) transactions.

In terms of value, UPI facilitated transactions worth Rs 18.36 trillion, up 214 per cent from 2018. Nine banks were added in UPI ecosystem throughout the year, bringing the total number of banks providing UPI services to 143 as of December 2019.

Some of the key factors that powered UPI’s transactions growth in 2019 are adoption of UPI 2.0 features by banks, enabling payments for IPO applications, facilitating Foreign Inward Remittance service, supporting donations for several relief programs, and numerous cashbacks and discounts offered by banks and non-bank players, said the report.

Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) recorded 55 per cent year-over-year increase by facilitating about 2.3 billion transactions in volume. It clocked Rs 21.8 trillion in terms of value, up 41 per cent from 2018.

In 2019, it on-boarded 165 banks under its ecosystem bringing the total number of banks providing IMPS services to the customers of 559 banks by end of 2019. “In terms of value, IMPS attained the ‘numero uno’ position throughout the year followed by UPI. Value of debit and credit cards remained nearly the same throughout the year,” said the report.

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Unified Payments Interface (UPI) remained the most preferred mode of payment in terms of volume followed by debit cards, Immediate Payment Services (IMPS) and credit cards. Pixabay

In 2019, UPI, debit cards, IMPS and credit cards together recorded a combined transactions volume of over 20 trillion and combined value of over Rs 54 trillion, said the report. The country has witnessed full range of Aadhaar enabled banking services through
AePS over the past few years.

In 2019, the total volume of Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AePS) transactions (ONUS, OFFUS, DEMO AUTH and eKYC) stood at 2.3 billion, achieving year-over-year growth of 12 per cent. The value of transactions achieved a milestone of Rs 1 trillion in 2019 with year-over-year growth of 31 per cent, said the report. For the research, Worldline analysed transactions available in public databases as well as transactions processed by the company in 2019.

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Worldline India (WI) is wholly owned by Worldline SA, a leading payments company in Europe that is listed on Euronext Paris. Worldline entered India in 2010 with the acquisition of Venture Infotek followed by the acquisition of MRL Posnet in 2017. (IANS)