21st Session of India-Italy Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation

21st Session of India-Italy Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation (JCEC) was held on 09th July 2021 virtually. Mr. Piyush Goyal, Commerce & Industry Minister and Mr. Luigi Di Maio, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy co-chaired the Session.

Both sides held extensive discussions on bilateral trade and Investment and economic cooperation in the areas of Food Processing, Textiles, Leather, Railways, Start-ups and promotion of SMEs which play crucial role in economic growth and employment generation. The bilateral market access issues and non-tariff barriers were also discussed to facilitate trade and investment. The progress on the outcomes of India-EU leaders Summit in Porto, Portugal was also reviewed.

Indian side also raised the issues of Mutual recognition of COWIN Vaccine Certificate and opening up of Travel restrictions, longer duration of Business Visas and Portability of social security benefits of Indians working in Italy.

Following the India-Italy JCEC G2G Meeting, a G2B Session focusing on Energy partnership was held virtually in the presence of the two Ministers. During the meeting, 3 Indian companies (Indian Oil Corporation, Adani Solar, ReNew Power) and 3 Italian companies (Enel Green Power, Snam, Maire Tecnimont) made presentations focusing on the areas of green economy, clean technology and promotion of use of renewable energy for grid-based multi-energy systems. During the Session, both the Ministers reiterated the vision laid down by the Prime Ministers of India and Italy, under the Plan of Action adopted on 6th November 2020, to promote energy transition, leveraging technology and climate partnerships. They underscored the pioneering role played by India and Italy at the multi-lateral fora as early adopters of ambitious clean energy targets and invited the private and public sectors of both countries to explore synergies to further enhance mutual energy capacities.

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KVIC Secures Trademark Registrations in Bhutan, UAE & Mexico; Files Applications in 40 Countries to Protect Brand “Khadi”

Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has recently secured trademark registrations in three countries – Bhutan, UAE and Mexico – a big stride towards protecting the identity of brand “Khadi” globally. Apart from these countries, KVIC’s trademark applications are pending in 40 countries across the world that include the USA, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Japan, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brazil and others.

While KVIC obtained the latest trademark registration in Bhutan on 9th July; trademark registration was granted in UAE on 28th June. With this, KVIC has succeeded in securing trademark registration for the first time in a Gulf country. Earlier, KVIC got the trademark registration for “Khadi” in Mexico in December 2020.

So far KVIC was having Trademark registrations for the word mark “KHADI” in 6 countries namely Germany, UK, Australia, Russia, China and EU where trademark registrations were granted in certain classes. However, with recent trademark registrations in Bhutan, UAE and Mexico, the number of such countries has gone up to nine. In these countries, KVIC has got registrations in various classes that pertain to Khadi fabric, Khadi readymade garments and village industry products like Khadi soaps, Khadi cosmetics, Khadi incense sticks among others.

It is for the first time in the history of KVIC that sustained efforts have been made in the last 5 years to protect the brand “Khadi” which was given to us by none other than Mahatma Gandhi.

KVIC Chairman Shri Vinai Kumar Saxena said these trademark registrations will prevent any misuse of the brand name “Khadi” globally. He said in recent years, Khadi’s popularity has seen a massive growth in India and abroad due to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s appeal to adopt Khadi. It has, therefore, become very important for KVIC to protect the identity of Khadi and safeguard the interest of consumers and lakhs of Khadi artisans who are manufacturing genuine Khadi products.

The development assumes great significance as there have been instances of some private local entities in countries like Mexico and Germany seeking trademark registration for brand name “Khadi” in their respective countries. In Mexico, KVIC challenged the trademark application of “One Foundation Oaxaca Ac” which had applied for the “Khadi” logo. However, the firm did not challenge KVIC’s objections and trademark registration for the word “Khadi” and “Khadi” logo was granted in favour of KVIC.

Similarly, in Germany, KVIC challenged a local company – Best Natural Products GmbH (“BNP”), which in 2011 already got prior rights in the mark “KHADI” and related marks in EU and other countries in different classes. After long legal battle and negotiations through the Diplomatic channel with the help of the Ministry of External Affairs, BNP has expressed its willingness to settle the trademark disputes amicably with KVIC.

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Terrace gardening is a wonderful idea as it can provide us with nutritious food that is cost-effective (Terrace Garden: Midde Thota)

Terrace gardening can provide us with cost-effective and nutritious foods: Vice President


Gardening brings one close to nature, says Shri Naidu

Vice President presented with the book titled ‘Terrace Garden: Midde Thota’

The Vice President, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu today received the first copy of the English translation of Shri Thummeti Raghothama Reddy’s book- ‘Terrace Garden: Midde Thota’.

The book, originally written in Telugu, chronicles Shri Reddy’s successful journey of developing a fruitful terrace garden at Naarapalle, Hyderabad. Shri Naidu commended the translator Shri Koduru Sitarama Prasad and the publisher Shri Yadlapalli Venkateswara Rao for their efforts in bringing out the book.

The Vice President appreciated Shri Reddy for using age-old traditional methods of farming in his terrace garden. In the past seven years, Shri Reddy was able to reap 25 quintals of vegetables in a small area of 1230 square feet and all this was done using only soil and animal manure. No chemicals were used in his terrace garden. Noting this remarkable feat, Shri Naidu said, “Terrace gardening is a wonderful idea as it can provide us with nutritious food that is cost-effective.”

Highlighting the benefits of having a terrace garden, the Vice President said that it not only gives fresh produce of chemical-free fruits and vegetables but also increases the levels of oxygen in the surrounding air. “Gardening brings one close to nature and it can also relieve mental stress” he added.

The book ‘Terrace Garden: Midde Thota’ gives an insight into the practical methods and techniques that can be adopted while cultivating a terrace garden. Shri Naidu said that the book inspires people to take up terrace gardening and is a perfect guide for those who want to nurture a terrace garden of their own. The Vice President urged people with empty spaces at home to try cultivating gardening as a hobby.

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Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurates country’s First Private LNG Facility plant at Nagpur, emphasizes on importance of alternate biofuels for diversification of agriculture towards energy and power sector

Minister for Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari has emphasized on importance of alternate biofuels for diversification of agriculture towards energy and power sector . Inaugurating the country’s first Private LNG Facility plant at Nagpur today he said  in our economy we are spending 8 lakh crores for the import of petrol diesel and petroleum products which is a big challenge .The Minister said  we have designed a policy that encourages development of imports substitute cost effective pollution free and indigenous  ethanol,  bio CNG,LNG and hydrogen fuels. He said the ministry is constantly working on different alternative fuels. He said we have to use surplus inrice , corn and sugar to prevent it from going waste.

Talking about flex engines Shri Gadkari said decision will be taken in three months making it  mandatory for automobile manufacturers particularly the four wheelers and two wheelers to make flex engine. He said several countries like USA, Canada and Brazil already have them .He said the cost of the vehicle remains the same whether it is petrol or Flex engine.

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Providing better prices and timely, affordable credit to farmers are crucial to sustain agriculture in the country: Vice President

Providing better prices and timely, affordable credit to farmers are crucial to sustain agriculture in the country: Vice President


‘Cost-cutting must go hand in hand with increased production’

VP expresses concern over growing urban-rural divide; calls for a renewed national effort to achieve ‘gram swarajya’

Develop climate and drought-resistant varieties; build strong lab-farm links: Shri Naidu’s advice to agri-scientists

Need more farmer-centric magazines and channels: VP Shri Naidu

VP releases book ‘Palleku Pattabhishekam’ on rural India and agriculture

The Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu today said that providing better prices for agri produce and timely, affordable credit to farmers are crucial to sustain agriculture in the country.

Citing a UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report about an impending global food crisis, he said that if we provide timely assistance to our farmers, India would not only remain self-sufficient but also feed the world in the years to come.

Praising our farmers for increased food grain production last year despite the severe hardship caused by the pandemic, Shri Naidu said there was a need to focus on increasing the storage capacities, remove restrictions on crop transportation and encourage food processing to make agriculture more remunerative.

“Farmers need to focus on cost-cutting along with increasing production. We also need to utilize our resources such as water and electricity more judiciously”, Shri Naidu added.

Releasing the book ‘Palleku Pattabhishekam’ by former MP Shri Yalamanchili Sivaji at Dr Marri Channa Reddy Human Resource Development Institute in Hyderabad, the Vice President said that villages and agriculture are intrinsically connected and we must address their issues holistically to bring ‘Gram Swarajya’ to our villages.

He also suggested the creation of strong lab-farm links to ensure fruitful outcomes to the farmers. He urged scientists to develop climate and drought-resistant seed varieties.

Referring to the growing urban-rural divide, Shri Naidu said that villages should not be seen as mere ‘factories supplying food to the cities’. In order to achieve Gandhiji’s dream of ‘Gram Swarajya’, he called for a renewed national effort through collaboration of civic society, agriculturalists, agronomists, students and researchers to make agriculture profitable and villages thriving economic hubs.

He wanted people to return their roots and work with fellow villagers on solving long-standing problems.

With rising costs of inputs in agriculture, Shri Naidu suggested natural and organic farming offers great potential in cutting down costs and generating a steady income for farmers. He added that the increasing demand for organic products provided an opportunity to farmers to take up natural farming in a big way.

Shri Naidu also wanted farmers to diversify into allied sectors such as poultry, dairy farming, fisheries, horticulture, aquaculture and pisciculture to ensure regular income. He observed that farmers who diversify their production are less likely to face losses when the crop fails.

Speaking on the role of youth, the Vice President called for greater participation of the new generation in agriculture – as farmers, researchers, scientists and entrepreneurs. He also highlighted the crucial role of media in advancing Indian agriculture. He called for more farmer-centric magazines and channels that can inform the farmers on the best and emerging practices in the field.

The Vice President complimented the author of the book, Shri Yalamanchili Sivaji on the occasion for his efforts. Shri Yadlapalli Venkateswara Rao, Raitunestham, Shri L.V. Subramaniam, former Chief Secretary of the Andhra Pradesh, Shri G.N. Rao, IAS (Retd.), Shri Malakondaiah, IPS (Retd.), Dr Gopichand, Star Hospitals, Dr T. Satyanarayana, Secretary, Indian Society of Agricultural Marketing and others were present during the event.

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Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah inaugurated and laid foundation stone of various development projects

Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah inaugurated and laid foundation stone of various development projects worth Rs. 448 crore in his LokSabha constituency Gandhinagar


Inauguration of Civic Centre, newly constructed reading room at Bopal, Ahmedabad along with inauguration of AUDA’sRs. 374 crore

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and various projects of Western Railways worthRs. 29 crore

Community Hall and Party Plot inaugurated at Bejalpur, Ahmedabad

Inauguration and foundation stone of total 1220 development works worth about Rs. 43 crore in Sanand, Bavla and Daskroi of Ahmedabad

Today is an important day of development campaign running across the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri NarendraModi

During tenure of Shri Narendra Modi for 14 years, Gujarat got many such facilities, which are running on their own today

No one had to raise their voice, a movement was not needed, a demand did not have to be made and a plan of Rs. 100 crore was organized, someone sowed the seeds and this is a wonderful example of how it became a banyan tree

Under the leadership of Prime Minister NarendraModi, we are battling the COVID-19 pandemic

Gujarat leads in vaccinations per million (every 10 lakh) in the country

Request citizens to get vaccinated as soon as possible, complete protection will be possible only when all citizens make themselves safe by taking both doses

If someone does not get t vaccinated due to rumours or fear, then it is our responsibility to explain to them

Prime Minister got cabinet approvalof Rs 23,000 croreto expand the infrastructure for the battle against COVID-19, due to which lakhs of beds, call centers and much infrastructure is beingdeveloped across the country

Shri NarendraModi has taken the decision to distribute food grains without cost to the poor till Diwali, it should be ensured with sensitivity that these reach people in villages and districtswho have Red Cards

Modi government has begun efforts to set up thousands of oxygen plants across the country, Gujarat is also included

I am also Home Minister and Minister for Cooperation, but will always remember that I am first a Member of Parliament and it is the responsibility of the Member of Parliament to take schemes of the government to the people and solve the problems of the people

Request to make GandhinagarLokSabha constituency a green LokSabha constituency, 15 lakh trees to be planted, Sanandtaluka should not lag behind

The Olympics will begin in Tokyo from July 23 and it is a matter of pride for us that six daughters of Gujarat including three daughters from Ahmedabad are representing India. Every school should have photos of these daughters so that more children are inspired

Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah today inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of various development projects worth Rs. 448 crore in his LokSabha constituency Gandhinagar. Shri Amit Shah inaugurated the Civic Center at Bopal, Ahmedabad costingRs.4 crore and the newly constructed Reading Room costing Rs.7 crore as well as the Community Hall and Party Plot at Bejalpur. He also inaugurated various projects of Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA), Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and Western Railway.This included renovation of Ahmedabad railway station at a cost of Rs. 17 crore, development work of Rs. 4.05 crore at Chandlodiya railway station and Rs. 2.35 crore at Amli Road station, Rs 1.72 crore at Khodiyar station and Rs. 3.75 crore at Kalol station. The Home Minister also laid the foundation stone of two water distribution schemes of AUDA, in which the Rs. 98 croreGhuma TP scheme will benefit about 35,000 people of the area, and the Rs. 267 croreTelavHeadworks water supply project, which will benefit about 45 villages around Sardar Patel Ring Road. Along with this, Home Minister Shri Amit Shah also inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of 1220 development works worth about Rs. 43 crore in Sanand, Bavla and Daskroi.

In his address, Shri Amit Shah said that he is very happy that today is an important day in the development campaign going on across the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri NarendraModi. He said that today is an occasion of great joy that a total of Rs. 267 crore development works are going to start. The facility of reaching pure drinking water to the homes of more than 35,000 citizens at an expenditure of about Rs. 100 crore under the Ghuma TP scheme through AUDA is starting from today. It has been planned with great foresight so that event after increase in population in the next 30 years, there will be no water problem.

The Union Home Minister said that he has studied a lot of development stories of the country and the world and of men of inspiration. There are two types of leaders –the one who sayslet what is happening continue, and the other who works tirelessly for the best that can be done in his time. A third leader is like Shri NarendraModi, who create a system in which good work continues even after his departure. Shri Amit Shah said Gujarat has received huge benefit from this. During the rule of Shri NarendraModi for 14 years, Gujarat got many such facilities, which are running on their own today. No one had to raise their voice, there was no need for an agitation, no one had to raise a demand and aRs. 100 crore plan was organised. This is a great example of how someone sowed the seed and it became a banyan tree. He said that in Bopal, the middle class youth have to give 10th, 12th, open exams, they had to think about where to go to study, facilities were not available, electricity was not available and even solitude. Manytypes of facilities have been made available in the Civic Center which has been inaugurated today.

Shri Amit Shah said modernization and renovation works have been done through the Western Railway with an expenditure of Rs.29 crore. Ahmedabad railway station has been renovated at a cost of Rs. 17 crore. Shri Amit Shah said that railway stations like Ambli, Khodiyar, Chandlodiya and Kalol did not have basic facilities. He corresponded with the Western Railway for creation of all these facilities and Western Railway also took care of all the minor facilities with great sensitivity.

The Home Minister said that the GandhinagarLokSabha constituency, which is made up of both rural and urban areas, in terms of development and this constituency will be at the forefront among all LokSabha constituencies across the country before 2024. He shall ensure this by keeping the trust reposed by the people in him and the leader of the country, Shri NarendraModi. The Government of India has implemented many schemes to ensure that drinking water, cooking gas and toilets reach every person’s house. The Prime Minister of the country has been concerned about the welfare of the people through many schemes. In Gujarat also Shri VijayRupani and Nitin Patel have implemented many schemes. Shri Shah said that the health scheme has been prepared by the Prime Minister, here also the Mother scheme is operational. As your Member of Parliament (MP), it is my responsibility to ensure that it should be well managed, besides being the responsibility of my office and my fellow MLAs and councillors. He said that I want to assure you that none of your elected leaders – MP or MLA will back down in fulfilling this responsibility and we will move towards making it the most developed LokSabha constituency.

Shri Amit Shah said that under the able leadership of Prime Minister NarendraModi, we are firmly battling the COVID-19 pandemic. This included the battle against the first wave, the second wave and now the start of creating the protective shield. Gujarat is at the forefront of vaccination in the country in terms of vaccinations per million (every 10 lakh). He said that he wishes to convey special felicitations to the Ahmedabad district administration as 86 percent of the citizens above 45 years of age have been vaccinated in the district and 32 percent of the citizens of 18 to 44 years of age have also been vaccinated. Shri Shah requested all citizens of Gandhinagar constituency, Ahmedabad and Gujarat to get vaccinated at the earliest. He said that their will be complete security only when all the citizens make themselves safe by taking both doses. Only then will we be able to win the battle against COVID-19. The Home Minister said that awareness alone can help create the security shield to combat COVID-19. It is up to us to vaccinate. If someone does not get vaccinated due to rumours or fear, then it is our responsibility to remove such apprehensions.

The Union Home Minister said that recently Prime Minister Shri NarendraModigot Cabinet approval of Rs. 23,000 croreto expand the infrastructure in the fight against COVID-19. With this, lakhs of beds, call centers and other infrastructure is planned to be created all over the country. Shri NarendraModi has, with sensitivity, taken the decision to distribute free food grains to the poor till Diwali. He said that we should ensure that food grains reach personsin villages and districtswho have Red Card. Shri Amit Shah said that a call center has been started for GandhinagarLokSabha constituency, to which calls are being made to spread awareness about free food grain distribution. Also, if there is any problem in being vaccinated, then a toll free number has been started.

Shri Amit Shah said that during the second wave there was a shortage of oxygen. The NarendraModi government has started efforts to set up thousands of oxygen plants across the country and Gujarat is not far behind. The Government of Gujarat, voluntary organizations and the Government of India are all working together. Shri NarendraModi has organized installation of oygen plants with capacity to serve more than 4,00,000oxygen beds. Shri Shah said that he believes that all this will be very helpful for us in the battle against COVID-19.

While inaugurating and laying the foundation stone for a total of 1220 development works worth about Rs. 43 crore in Sanand, Ahmedabad, the Home Minister said Shri NarendraModi believed in him, that is why he is also the Home Minister and the Ministerfor Cooperation, but he will always remember that he is first a Member of Parliament, and thathe is the Member of Parliament of Sanand. Therefore the development of this area is my primary responsibility. It is the responsibility of the Member of Parliament to take the schemes of the government to the people and to solve the problems of the people.Shri Amit Shah said that since his party came to power, the tradition of legislators going to the people has started, rather than to people going to legislators. This is because of the changing work culture. He said that we have to carry forward this change, so that the country reaches the top position in the world, under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri NarendraModi.

Shri Amit Shah made a request to the people of GandhinagarLokSabha constituency to make it a green LokSabha constituency by plantingabout 15 lakh trees and saidSanandtaluka should not lag behind in this effort. He said it would be good if trees with long life are planted with the help of GIDC along the boundaries of its entire area. GIDC officers should make arrangements for the trees to be watered.

The Union Home Minister said the Olympics are beginning from July 23 in Tokyo, the capital of Japan. It is a matter of pride that six daughters of Gujarat including three daughters from Ahmedabad are going to represent India at these Olympics. He said when the Khelo Gujarat campaign was started in the state, people used to joke that could a gold medal be won by playing kabaddi andkhokho.However,today six daughters of Gujarat are going to participate in the Olympics, and he is sure that they will win gold medals. Shri Amit Shah said photos of these girls should be installed in every school so that more children are inspired.

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Meet organized by APEDA in Varanasi for boosting India’s agricultural products exports from the region

To promote agricultural crops exports and adherence to global practices, APEDA in collaboration with Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), traders, exporters, agricultural scientists, Uttar Pradesh government & other institutions today organized a meet at Varanasi.

More than 200 farmers from the Varanasi region participated in the meet where agricultural scientists and officials from the leading institutes provided valuable inputs for promoting agricultural products exports from the region as well as adherence to globally recognized Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) by farmers.

Farmers were provided technical inputs on GAP implementation, ensuring pest free cultivation, diseases identifications in fresh fruits & vegetables, plant quarantine, and strategy to boost the agri-exports from the eastern Uttar Pradesh.

Agricultural scientists and officials from leading institutes including ICAR-Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture, ICAR – Indian Institute of Soil Science, ICAR – Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, IRRI – South Asia Regional Centre, Narendra Dev University of Agriculture & Technology, Krishi Vigyan Kendras (Jaunpur, Varanasi, Ghazipur and Chandauli) and Uttar Pradesh State Agriculture and Horticulture departments participated in the meet.

Senior officials from NABARD, NAFED, SFAC, BALMER LAWRIE & other institutions familiarised the farmers, the FPOs and exporters who participated in the meet, with their respective departmental schemes.

A special session was organised on export of Banana, wherein the representative from APEDA registered exporter briefed participants about the banana processing.

The event at Varanasi was part of a series of events being organized on the 75th Year of Independence, where the government has taken an initiative under the banner of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’. This is an initiative to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of progressive India and the glorious history of its people, culture and achievements.

APEDA is working very closely with all the stakeholders with the objective to export India’s agricultural produce to the global market. A presentation was made on assistance provided by APEDA in boosting agri-exports from the Varanasi region.

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Agro Tec start-ups : Office of PSA’s KisanMitr & KVKs partner to make agritech accessible for farmers through vernacular sessions

The 28th edition of the series of agricultural presentations had a guest. Balraj, a farmer from Punjab spoke about the impact that deploying a sensor to detect moisture in the atmosphere has made in their irrigation practices. His village doesn’t have electricity and they use diesel-run pumps. Deploying this sensor saved both diesel, and water (which he quantified as 15-20 hours of running the pump). The sensor was able to detect moisture in the lower layers of the soil. He observed an improvement in crop yield and soil health. This sensor is a product of an agritech startup.

One of the biggest challenges,for agriculture technology start-ups,is reaching out to the farmers, FPOs,and Krishi Vigyan Kendras(KVKs) – their end-users. Kisanmitr was conceptualized and has been successful in linking the Supply with the Demand side. The start-ups can support the farmers through the KVKs and the farmers can find solutions to some of their challenges.

The series of agricultural presentations by technology developers across the Indian research Institutes and their incubated start-ups have helped showcasearound 150 agricultural technologies across different themes, farm management, post-harvest management, allied agriculture, etc.These have been garnered under the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India. The presentations are made primarily for the demand members (Industry and Incubators) to evaluate the technologies and to stitch the supply side and Demand side of agriculture through technology.

Speaking at the 28th edition on 3rd July 2021, Dr. A. K. Singh, Deputy Director-General, (Agricultural Extension) ICAR pointed out thatKisanMitr is helping meet the PM’s vision of developing technology solutions for farmers’ problems. He congratulated the Office of PSA, ICST, NSRCEL for facilitating the process of making technology and innovations that are developed in research laboratories across the country reach farmers across the country. Applauding the organization of vernacular sessions of these webinars, he also hoped that the upcoming webinars will bring together more farmers to talk about their problems, and what technology solutions they need. He opined that “one farmer will help train many more farmers. So, if we train one with technology,they will help transfer knowledge too.” Dr. Singh called out to the KVKs to be flag bearers and help reach these solutions to reach the farmer by organizing a viewing session in KVK offices for farmers for demonstration of technologies. Seventy-five KVKs have, till now, partnered for this outreach.

Watch the 28th edition here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SyC2G2DRT0

Among thevoluntary organizationsthat are facilitating the organization of these vernacular language sessions for farmers are VIT School of Agricultural Innovations and Advanced Learning, VAIAL (Tamil), and Grameena Incubation Center (Telugu). The teams are in talks with others for sessions in Gujarati, Marathi, and Rajasthani.The upcoming sessions in Tamil and Telugu are planned to be held on 10th July and 17th July respectively. Coming months, the plan is to telecast these sessions in other regional languages as more KVK partners join the initiative.

About KisanMitr:

KisanMitr or ‘Friends of the Farmers’, is an initiative of the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India. This project aims to make Indian farmers more self-reliant by giving them insights and recommendations based on information from various data sources from different departments of the Government. The website is at: https://kisanmitr.gov.in/

About Office of Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India:

In November 1999, Cabinet Secretariat established the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India. The PSA’s office aims to provide pragmatic and objective advice to the Prime Minister and Cabinet on matters related to science, technology, and innovation with a focus on the application of science and technology in critical infrastructure, economic and social sectors in partnership with Government departments, institutions, and industry.

About KVK:

The Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) work towards the mandate of “Technology Assessment and Demonstration for its Application and Capacity Development.” These kendras (centres) are a part of the National Agricultural Research System (NARS), which aims at assessment of location-specific technology modules in agriculture and allied enterprises, through technology assessment, refinement, and demonstrations. KVKs have been functioning as Knowledge and Resource Centre of agricultural technology supporting initiatives of public, private, and voluntary sectors for improving the agricultural economy of the district and are linking the NARS with extension system and farmers.

About Indian CST:

The Office of PSA engaged the services of the Indian Centre for Social Transformation (Indian CST) (www.indiancst.in), a Registered Public Trust who developed and are maintaining https://epashuhaat.gov.in for the Ministry of Animal Husbandry Dairying and Fisheries for the (then) Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare since 26.11.2016. Indian CST has contributed its GPMS Transportal for building the KISANMITR portal on the lines of e-pashuhaat.

About NSRCEL:

With programs specifically catering to entrepreneurs with profit ventures and social ventures, also student and women entrepreneurs, IIMB’s NSRCEL offers its support to various players of the startup ecosystem. NSRCEL brings together startups, industry mentors, eminent academicians from its parent institution Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, and researchers who thrive on continuous interaction of theory and practice.

Office of Principal Scientific Advisor to GoI Press release dated 07th July 2021