What Is India News Service
Thursday, November 08, 2007


In the new millennium, growing international trade and globalization create unprecedented opportunities as well as several challenges for our economy, including the small enterprises sector, which consists of small scale, agro & rural industries and service/business entities.  As in many other countries, small enterprises constitute one of the most vibrant sectors of our national economy and are also the providers of large scale, widely dispersed, sustainable employment.  In the context of globalization, sustainable employment can be generated by this sector, with necessary policy and other supports, to enhance its competitiveness.

Agriculture and allied sectors provide nearly 57% of the total employment and one-fourth of the national income (GDP).  India is the second largest producer of rice and wheat in the world, first in pulses production and fourth in coarse grain.

In the National Common Minimum Programme (NCMP), it has been declared that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government will revamp the functioning of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) and launch new programmes for the modernization of coir, handlooms, power looms, garments, rubber, cashew, handicrafts, food processing, sericulture, wool development, leather, pottery and other cottage industries.

The Prime Minister’s Rozgar Yojana was launched on 02 October 1993 in the entire country including in the States of North East Region.  During 1993-94, the scheme was in operation only in urban areas of the country. Since 1994-95, the scheme is being implemented in both urban as well as in the rural areas.  Under the scheme, eligible youth are provided assistance to set up tiny units in all economically viable activities.

India has been exporting a number of agricultural products.  The major products exported are rice, wheat, oil meals, fruits, vegetables, cashew, tea, coffee, sugar and molasses.  The important agricultural products imported are vegetable oils (edible), pulses, cashew nuts, fruits, and nuts.

News Analysis                        More

•  Indo-Australia Trade Prospects

•  Bird Flu in South Korea, Egypt, Indonesia

•  UK Interests in Indian Agriculture

•  More Areas for Wheat & Maize

•  Widespread Protest against GM Rice Trials


•  Ministry of Agriculture

  Department of Agriculture

  Dept. of Agrl. Research & Education

•  Department of Biotechnology

  Coconut Development Board


 Indian Council of Agrl. Research

•  Indian Agrl. Research Institute

  Institute of Agricultural Engg.

  Plantation Crops Research Institute

•  Indian Institute of Soil Science

•  Institute of Vegetable Research

•  Research Centre for Oil Palm

•  Research Centre for Mushroom

  Plant Genetic Resources


•  Int'l Federation of Agro Producers

•  Centre for Research on Sustainable    Agricultural & Rural Development

•  Networking Social Scientists

•  A Rubber Farmer's  Website


•  Tamil Nadu Agricultural University

•  Punjab Agricultural University

•  University of Agricultural Sciences


•  Crop Maps

  India Agronet

•  Rainwater Harvesting


•  Horticultural Research

•  Pulses Research



It is often said that farmers are on the front lines dealing with global warming, their livelihoods being extraordinarily dependent on the weather. But tour operators and resort owners are not far behind. (Climate Change And Tourism , Deccan Herald, Elisabeth Rosenthal, Nov 08, 2007)

Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh completed three successful years in office. (Sharing The Benefit Of The Boom , Frontline, LYLA BAVADAM, Nov 08, 2007)

Private sector general insurance company Iffco Tokio General Insurance on Wednesday appointed S Narayanan as Managing Director. (Iffco Tokio Appoints S Narayanan As Managing Director , Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Farmers angered over the compulsory seizure of land in eastern India clashed with supporters of communist state authorities for a third day Wednesday, leaving four more people dead, the government said. (4 Killed As Farmers, Communists Clash Over Land Takeover For , Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Farmers displeased with the compulsory seizure of their lands in eastern India clashed with supporters of state authorities for a third day Wednesday. Four more people killed. (4 Farmers Killed In Continuing Farmer-Authority Fights, Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

A trio of biologists – Mario R. Capecchi, Sir Martin J. Evans and Oliver Smithies – is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2007. (Knockout Win, Frontline, R. Ramachandran, Nov 08, 2007)

SINCE 2006, the Maharashtra government has been implementing its own relief package as well as the Prime Minister’s Special Rehabilitation Package to arrest farmers’ suicides and the agrarian crisis in the Vidarbha region. (Relief For Vidarbha, Frontline, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Olive trees will soon adorn the arid landscape of Rajasthan. (Israel’S Olive Branch To Rajasthan, Statesman, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 08, 2007)

Floods in central Vietnam have left 73 people dead, officials said on Thursday, as authorities step up their preparations for the arrival of a tropical storm which is set to hit the country. (Death Toll In Vietnam Floods Reaches 73, Hindustan Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

The Tehelka sting operation underscores the urgency of simultaneously pursuing the prosecution of the culprits and fighting Hindutva politically in a spirited way. (Unfinished Agenda, Frontline, Praful Bidwai, Nov 08, 2007)

The Janadesh Yatra has given the movement for land rights fresh momentum and also captured the popular imagination. (March For Land, Frontline, Jayati Ghosh, Nov 08, 2007)

Three books that constitute an instructive guide to governance in the United Kingdom. (Politicians & Lies, Frontline, A.G. NOORANI, Nov 08, 2007)

If India wants to see real gains from the recent visit of the Prime Minister to Nigeria in terms of energy security, it has to be more pro-active in its approach, backed by hard bargaining, and offer something more than a mere $900-million aid package. (Indo-Nigerian Ties: Strategic For Energy Security, Business Line, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 08, 2007)

PAKISTAN’S economy recorded one of the fastest growth rates in Asia during fiscal year 2006-07. The real GDP growth accelerated to seven per cent that was surpassed only by China and India”. (Higher Growth, Higher Inflation, Dawn, Sultan Ahmed, Nov 08, 2007)

Women in India being treated for infertility with Letrozole could be running the risk of damaging themselves and their babies. Authorisation to market the drug was issued to Sun Pharmaceuticals by the regulatory authority on April 10. (Infertility Drug Cleared Without Proper Tests, Hindu, Sarah Hiddleston, Nov 07, 2007)

Developing nations are being pushed to grow crops for ethanol, rather than food, all thanks to political expediency. Using food to produce biofuels might strain supplies of arable land: IMF The cost of rice has risen by 20% over the past year, maiz (North Biofuel Appetite Causing South Starvation, Hindu, George Monbiot, Nov 07, 2007)

A suicide bomber killed some 90 people and wounded 50 on Tuesday in an attack on a group of visiting Afghan parliamentarians in northern Afghanistan, the director of the local hospital said. (90 Killed In Afghanistan Bombing, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

A suicide attack on a parliamentary delegation killed at least 50 people in northern Afghanistan today, a provincial official said, in the worst such blast in the country's history. (50 Killed In Worst Afghan Bombing, Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

Land is the issue,” was the unanimous conclusion of a public hearing here on Monday on “Special Economic Zones and Land Rights” by Navdanya. (Land Is The Issue, Say Farmers At Public Hearing On Sezs, Hindu, GARGI PARSAI, Nov 07, 2007)

Two bomb blasts targeted a group of lawmakers in northern Afghanistan, today, killing at least 100 people, including six members of parliament, the deadliest attack in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, officials said. (100 Killed In Afghan Blasts, Statesman, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)


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