Telangana Current Affairs 5th October 2015
Capital Spending – Plan Expenditure pick-up :
The Union government’s Plan capital expenditure is showing a robust pick-up, show data from the Controller-General of Accounts. It is up to Rs. 52,612 crore in the first five months of the current fiscal, till August, 38 per cent higher than the Rs. 38,112 crore spent in the corresponding period last year.
ICRISAT introduces finger millet as mandate crop:
Finger millet [Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn.], which figured among the six small millets in research portfolio of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), has now been formally made its mandate crop. This is an important recognition for a crop which has been an integral part of the ICRISAT’s research portfolio.
“Finger millet has always been within our mandate crops but we want to provide greater visibility to this nutri-cereal that offers so much to smallholders in the form of economic opportunity and to consumers [including farm families] in the form of improved nutrition,” said ICRISAT Director-General David Bergvinson.
The ICRISAT genebank holds nearly 6,000 finger millet germplasm accessions from 24 countries, conserved for use in research and development.According to ICRISAT, finger millet variety U15 is the most preferred for its early maturity and grain colour, while IE 3779 is preferred for its resistance to blast disease and tolerance to lodging. Through a multi-institutional collaboration, ICRISAT scientists in East and Southern African region have generated a whole genome sequence of finger millet. In Karnataka finger millet is among the ‘climate smart’ crops that figures high on the agenda of the government.
The other mandate crops of ICRISAT are sorghum, pearl millet, chickpea, pigeonpea and groundnut.
1,438 Project’s taken up under NABARD’s RIDF:
The Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) of NABARD had taken up a total of 1,438 projects at a cost of Rs. 877.68 crore in Karimnagar district, said District Collector Neetu Prasad.
At a review meeting on the progress of RIDF works in Karimnagar on Saturday, the Collector said that a total of 255 projects worth Rs. 448 crore were at various stages of completion. Instructing the authorities to expedite the works, she said they would not tolerate delay in their execution. She informed the officials to submit the project completion reports to NABARD authorities. Giving details of the RIDF project works, she said they were taking up construction of 71 veterinary hospitals, 59 colleges and school buildings, 58 panchayat raj roads, 22 Mission Kakatiya works and nine lift irrigation schemes.
Palamuru-Lift Irrigation Project speeds up:
CM KC Rao said the official to complete the survey work in two weeks. It is the 1st major irrigation project being taken up by the Telangana. Read the full details on “Palamuru-Ranga Reddy Lift Irrigation Project details here.”