International Cooperation to Increase Yield of Pulses Especially in Dry Areas

At a meeting on enhancing food and nutritional security in South Asia and China, Dr Rai said: “We will make use of ICARDA’s huge collection of germplasm of lentils (masoor dal), chickpeas (gram) and grasspea (Kulthi).”
Besides pulses, it will also focus on wheat, barley and livestock too, he said, adding India will share the research knowledge with ICARDA under the recently launched South Asia and China Programme.

“India grows pulses in about 22.5 million hectare and 80 per cent is in dry areas. There is an immense potential to increase masoor dal output in Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal,” pulses expert Mr Masood Ali said.
The International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), based in Aleppo, Syria has recently established its South Asia Regional Program in New Delhi, India to strengthen our collaborative research in the region. This newly established ICARDA Centre is organizing its first Regional Coordination Meeting for South Asia & China during 12-14 December 2009 at NASC Complex, New Delhi

Scientists from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan and ICARDA H. Q, Syria would deliberate for the coming two days on various aspects and develop programme in networking-mode for future implementation.

General Greenhouse Management

Greenhouse Construction
Climate Control in GH Structures
Greenhouse Management: Soil Sterilization and preparation, cultural practices in flower and vegetable cultivation
Irrigation and Fertigation Technology
Crop Protection
Post Harvest and Marketing

Marketing of Horticultural Produce

Importance and Scope
Post-Harvest and Handling
Marketing Channels
Domestic & Export Marketing : Potential Markets & Procedures
Logistics and Planning
Marketing of Allied Products


Bank of Maharashtra
Minor Irrigation for Agriculturists scheme for purchase of various irrigation equipments.
Mahabank Kisan Credit Card scheme for cultivation of crops, meeting the short-term credit needs of farmers.
Farm Mechanisation for Agriculturists scheme for Purchase of Tractors/Power tillers, Harvesters, Threshers & other farm
Animal Husbandry scheme for Purchase of animals, Poultry- Broiler Farm, Layers Farm, Hatchery Sheep/Goat Rearing Construction
of Byre, and Purchase of Machinery Working Capital Requirements under
Scheme for Cultivation of fruit crops-mango, Pomegranate, Grapes etc.
Scheme for providing finance to set up of Agri-Clinics/Agribusiness Centers.
Scheme for Financing Farmers for Purchase of Agricultural land.
Scheme for Financing Two Wheelers to Farmers
Scheme for Providing Loans to Farmers for Purchase of consumer durables
Scheme for Hi-tech projects in agriculture.
Rural Godown Scheme (Gramin Bhandaran Yojana) for scientific storage of agricultural produce.
Minor Irrigation for Agriculturists

Purpose :
Digging of new wells, revitalization of existing well, purchase of oil engine, electric motor, pump set installation of pipe line, sprinkler, irrigation, drip irrigation, tube well, bore well, etc.
Eligibility : Agriculturist who owns agricultural land.
Amount : For new dug wells as per the NABARD Unit costs for equipments/estimates.
Repayment : Depending upon the repaying capacity 7 to 11 years.
Security : Mortgage of land, Hypothecation of movable assets and guarantors.
Other Terms & Conditions :
Proposed well should be located in white watershed area. It should not be in dark watershed area.