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The Indian Bank is all set to turn the Kisan Credit Card (KCC) into a chip based ‘Smart Card’. Through the Smart Card the farmers will be able to purchase farm inputs and equipments, seeds, fertilisers

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A digital online literacy course has been designed for agricultural professionals in the Asia Pacific region. Making use of some basic skills, software and a computer connected to the Internet, agricultural professionals will be able to communicate with other individuals connected to the Internet.

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The Open Academy for Philippine Agriculture is to provide farmers with online Web-based services as part of the government bid to modernize the Philippine agriculture. Under the program, the Philippine farmers could diagnose crop pests by accessing

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With the focus in the Union Budget on agriculture and the boost it is expected to give to the rural economy, the rural market is expected to pick up.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh posed a question on whether there was a holistic view of rural development in the country. That question must really be addressed to the political class as it is they who have shaped the contours of what now passes for rural development. The benchmark for assessing the effectiveness of various schemes still is the old Rajiv Gandhi rule of thumb that out of every rupee only 15 paise reaches the rural beneficiaries. Or that it takes Rs 20 of government expenditure if Re 1 is to reach the rural poor. If all of this is true, rural development clearly has become a means to distribute largesse to the rural votebanks

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Several States, including Bihar, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, today opposed the idea of direct funding of the Panchayati Raj institutions ( local level governing body) by the Centre for rural development schemes, prompting the Minister for Panchayati Raj, Mani Shanker Aiyar, to say that the States should not fear any transgression of the federal system. Instead, they should work in tandem with the Centre to strengthen the panchayats.

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The World Bank has selected the Bhoomi project, an online land record data management in Karnataka for rural farmers as a case study in the forthcoming upcoming poverty conference at Shanghai in China.

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In India, the National Commission for Women (NCW) task force on ‘Technological Empowerment of Women in Agriculture’ has suggested that technological advances in agriculture should benefit all, regardless of sex and social status. They also emphasise on modifying available equipment to suit the needs of women.

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