Rural development – Indice Rural Wed, 28 Sep 2022 05:43:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rural development – Indice Rural 32 32 The Ministry of Rural Development launches the “Jaldoot” application to measure the water level in wells Tue, 27 Sep 2022 16:41:41 +0000

September 27, 2022, New Delhi: The Ministry of Rural Development has developed “JALDOOT App” which will be used nationwide to capture the water level of selected wells in a village. Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Shri Giriraj Singh today launched ‘JALDOOT App’ at a reception in New Delhi.

The Jaldoot application will allow Gram Rojgar Sahayak (GRS) to measure the water level of selected wells twice a year (pre-monsoon and post-monsoon). In each village, an adequate number of measurement locations (2-3) should be selected. These will be representative of the groundwater level in that village.

The app will facilitate panchayats with solid data, which can be used for better work planning. Groundwater data could be used as part of the Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) and Mahatma Gandhi NREGA planning exercises. Furthermore, the data may also be used for different types of research and other purposes.

The country has taken many measures to improve water management in rural and urban areas, through the development of watersheds, reforestation, development and renovation of water bodies, rainwater harvesting, etc However, groundwater abstraction, as well as the use of surface water sources, has reached critical levels in many parts of the country, leading to significant depletion of water levels causing distress to the community, including farmers. Measuring and observing groundwater levels across the country has therefore become necessary.

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Ministry of Rural Development wants to turn kindergartens in Kemas into smart classrooms Mon, 26 Sep 2022 13:20:21 +0000

Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the ministry asked the finance ministry for the allocation under the 2023 budget. – Bernama Photo

PUTRAJAYA (September 26): The Ministry of Rural Development (KPLB) wants to transform kindergartens (tabika) in the Department of Community Development (Kemas) into smart classrooms in line with the current element of digitalization.

His minister, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, said the ministry had requested the finance ministry for the allocation under the 2023 budget.

He added that the ministry aims to equip at least 10% of the 11,000 preschools in Kemas with digital facilities in the first phase.

“We will strive to equip Tabika Kemas with smart classrooms, with at least 800 initially,” he told reporters after the opening of the second triennial delegates’ conference of Peninsular Malaysia Kemas Staff Union ( Kesateria) here today.

According to Mahdzir, digitization is crucial right now and Kemas cannot fully rely on old teaching methods.

Earlier in his speech, the minister announced a utility fund of RM30,000 to the union.

The conference brought together around 300 union delegates and observers from 12 branches across the peninsula. – Bernama

Budget 2023: the Ministry of Rural Development wants to transform Kemas kindergartens into smart classrooms Mon, 26 Sep 2022 12:54:04 +0000

Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid speaks at the opening of the second triennial delegates’ conference of Peninsular Malaysia’s Kemas Staff Union (Kesateria) in Putrajaya on September 26, 2022. – Bernama pic

Monday, September 26, 2022 8:53 p.m. GMT

PUTRAJAYA, 26th September – The Ministry of Rural Development (KPLB) wants to transform preschools (tabika) in the Department of Community Development (Kemas) into smart classrooms in line with the current element of digitalization.

His minister, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, said the ministry had requested the finance ministry for the allocation under the 2023 budget.

He added that the ministry aims to equip at least 10% of the 11,000 preschools in Kemas with digital facilities in the first phase.

“We will strive to equip Tabika Kemas with smart classrooms, with at least 800 initially,” he told reporters after the opening of the second triennial delegates’ conference of Peninsular Malaysia Kemas Staff Union ( Kesateria) here today.

According to Mahdzir, digitization is crucial right now and Kemas cannot fully rely on old teaching methods.

Earlier in his speech, the minister announced a utility fund of RM30,000 to the union.

The conference brought together around 300 union delegates and observers from 12 branches across the peninsula. — Bernama

USDA Rural Development Announces $6.3 Million for High-Speed ​​Internet in Rural Communities Thu, 22 Sep 2022 21:14:54 +0000

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TOPEKA, September 22, 2022 – Christy Davis, Kansas State Director for Rural Development at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), today announced funding of $6,319,640 for access high-speed Internet for rural residents and businesses in eight counties in Kansas and Nebraska. The USDA is making the investments under the third round of funding for the ReConnect program. The department will make additional investments in the coming months with funding from President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act, which includes a historic $65 billion investment to expand affordable high-speed internet to all communities across the United States. United.

“Broadband Internet is essential for success in education, healthcare and business in the 21st century.” Davis said. “Federal funding enables communications companies, like JBN Telephone, to serve rural communities across our state.”

USDA Undersecretary for Rural Development, Xochitl Torres-Small, will visit JBN Telephone, 418 W. 5e Street in Holton on Thursday, Sept. 22, to announce a $6.3 million grant to provide high-speed Internet access to eight counties in Kansas and Nebraska.

The specifics of this Kansas grant are:

  • A Grant of $6,319,640 will be used to deploy a fiber network to the premises. This network will connect 704 people, 17 businesses and 225 farms to high-speed Internet in Jackson, Nemaha, Pottawatomie, Republic, Washington, and Riley Counties in Kansas as good as Jefferson and Thayer Counties in Nebraska. JBN Telephone Company Inc. will make high-speed Internet affordable by participating in the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity and Lifeline programs by offering low-income consumers who qualify for a monthly service credit of up to $30.

Context: ReConnect program

To be eligible for ReConnect program funding, an applicant must serve an area where high-speed Internet service speeds are less than 100 megabits per second (Mbps) (download) and 20 Mbps (upload). The applicant must also commit to constructing facilities capable of providing high-speed Internet service at speeds of 100 Mbps (download and upload) to each location within its proposed service area.

To learn more about investment resources for rural areas, visit or contact the nearest USDA State Office of Rural Development.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunity, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This aid supports the improvement of infrastructure; Business development; lodging; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed Internet access in rural, tribal and very poor areas. For more information, visit

The USDA touches the lives of all Americans every day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris administration, the USDA is transforming the US food system with greater emphasis on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe food, healthy and nutritious in all communities, creating new markets and income streams for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in clean energy infrastructure and capacity in the rural America, and committing to equity across the department by removing systemic barriers and creating a workforce that is more representative of America. To learn more, visit

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Award-winning rural development center | Community Wed, 21 Sep 2022 23:28:00 +0000

The Rural Development Center received $300,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to implement the Succeed, Thrive and Recover (STAR) program to benefit recovering businesses and individuals in 43 southern and eastern counties. east of Kentucky.

The award is part of a recently announced $12 million package under ARC’s INSPIRE initiative, which is tackling the region’s substance use disorder crisis with investments that strengthen services in the recovery ecosystem and help facilitate entry and reintegration into the labor market.

“I commend the Center for Rural Development for their work in supporting ecosystem recovery in Kentucky’s Appalachia and being integral to the realization of our INSPIRE projects,” said ARC Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin. “The Center is a major asset in our efforts to address the substance use disorder crisis in the region, and I look forward to seeing how they will help create a strong recovery ecosystem and a strong workforce. stronger work for tomorrow’s opportunities.”

This project will establish a new workforce development program to provide people in recovery from substance use disorder with vocational and vocational training and connect them to holistic recovery support services. so that they can successfully enter or re-enter the workforce and maintain their long-term recovery.

“We are excited to implement the STAR program in 43 Kentucky counties within our service area to help with the region’s addiction crisis,” added Lonnie Lawson, President and CEO of The Center. . “Our region needs skilled and trained workers to compete with the growing demands of today’s economy. The training is designed to provide vocational and vocational skills that will help participants enter or re-enter the job market.

In partnership with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and local employers, the Center for Rural Development will provide training in the following subjects for recovering individuals: basic computer skills, essential soft skills, and specialized short-term manpower and training. certification programs in targeted high-demand industries with immediate job openings, including electrical, plumbing, carpentry, industrial maintenance, commercial truck driving, hospitality and catering, and billing and medical coding.

The project is expected to serve 494 workers and 40 enterprises and improve 400 workers and 40 enterprises.

Kentucky ARC counties in the Central Core service area that will be served by the STAR program include: Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Elliott, Estill, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Wayne, Whitley and Wolfe.

For more information about the STAR program, contact the Center at 606-677-6000 or visit

Since INSPIRE’s inception in April 2021, ARC has invested $28.1 million in 83 projects in 289 Appalachian counties. The $12 million program for fiscal year 2022 is expected to improve nearly 450 businesses and prepare 3,000 students and workers for new opportunities in the job market.

ARC plans to issue a request for proposals for the next round of INSPIRE grant opportunities in early 2023. Additional information and resources are available at

Established in 1996 through the vision of U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, (KY-05), and other leaders, the Center for Rural Development is a nonprofit organization fueled by a mission to provide a leadership that drives innovative and sustainable economic development solutions and a better way of life in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. In its primary service region of 45 counties, the Center offers innovative programs in leadership, public safety, technology, arts and culture. The Center is committed to constantly expanding its capabilities to provide a range of key services throughout Kentucky and the country.

About the Appalachian Regional Commission

The Appalachian Regional Commission is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments that focuses on 423 counties in the Appalachian region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and enhance economic growth in Appalachia to help the region achieve socio-economic parity with the nation.

Paving the way for rural development Sun, 18 Sep 2022 19:38:29 +0000

One of the sad realities of development in Bangladesh over the past decades is the inequitable way in which it has been achieved.

With the weight of our development concentrated in regions that were already considered urban, the rural areas of our country have missed out on the many amenities that our megacities currently enjoy.

And that is exactly why the government’s recent announcement to develop nearly 90,000 villages while targeting job creation in these areas is very much in line with the need of the hour.

According to the program, a total of 30 guidelines will be prepared which will deal with village communication, growth centers and market infrastructure, rural water supply, rural waste management, master plan upazila, community space, capacity development of local government institutions and creating computer villages.

This is exactly the kind of holistic planning that Bangladesh needs in rural development.

More than 60% of the population lives in villages that easily fall into the category of marginalized people, a vast swathe totally excluded from our development network. As such, the “My Village My Town” program is meant to uplift an inordinate number of people in terms of livelihoods and quality of life.

As a nation, Bangladesh’s development trajectory has been unprecedented given our humble and impoverished beginnings. But unless that development is distributed and enjoyed equitably, it doesn’t matter how many skyscrapers we erect or bridges we build.

True development takes everyone into account.

Rural development: Governor Ugwuanyi kept his promise Fri, 16 Sep 2022 18:44:01 +0000

By Felix Ikem, Nsukka

The Deputy Chairman of Uzo Uwani Local Government Area, Hon. Pius Okeagu hailed the massive strides in development and other people-oriented projects carried out by the administration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in the rural communities in Enugu State.

Okeagu said this in an interview with
our reporter in Nsukka on Friday pointing out that the governor’s promise to develop rural areas when he was sworn in in 2015 has come true.

The Vice President hailed the massive rural development projects in the state’s 17 LGAs by the Governor, while describing them as laudable and worthy of emulation.

“A trip across the state will tell you that Governor Ugwuanyi has built over 600 km of roads across the state, mostly in rural areas.

“These roads include over 12 km of the Opi-Nsukka dual carriageway to the University of Nigeria (UNN) gate and the construction of the 31 km Udenu ring road with two high-tech bridges.

“The roads also include the 26.66 km Ukpabi-Nimbo-Ugbene Ajima-Eziani road in the Uzo-Uwani LGA (RAMP-2) and the construction of the 22.443 km Neke-Mbu-Ogbodu Aba-Obollo Etiti intercommunity road. connecting Isi-Uzo and Udenu LGA (RAMP-2).

“He also ensured the construction of seven type three hospitals in seven LGAs in Enugu State, and these modern hospitals were completed and equipped with sophisticated and up-to-date medical equipment in three months,” he said. he declares.

Hon. Okeagu explained that Governor Ugwuanyi’s decision to invest heavily in the rural areas of the state is worth emulating “in the sense that most of the rural communities have been linked to the state’s metropolis by his administration.

The Vice President added that the Governor, thanks to his administration’s massive investments in rural areas, has carried out more than 1,355 school projects in Enugu State without much fanfare, while describing him as “Mr. Project”.

He noted, however, that the governor has dug his feet into the sand of state history.

The Minister of Rural Development welcomes the return of “Tillage” Fri, 16 Sep 2022 15:01:31 +0000

Rural and Community Development Minister Heather Humphreys today (Friday September 16) welcomed the return of the National Plowing Championships to County Laois next week after a hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This year’s event takes place in Ratheniska, from Tuesday, September 20 through Thursday, September 22. The Ministry of Rural and Community Development will be based in the ‘Our Rural Future – Supporting Communities’ display in the Irish Government Village.

Visitors will be able to meet staff and learn about the wide range of rural and community financial supports available.

There will also be information on Connected Hubs and the opportunities offered by remote working, services provided by the library network and water safety.

Visitors to the Irish Government Village will be able to speak directly with officials and get personalized insights into issues that affect them.

Welcoming the return of the National Plowing Championships, Minister Humphreys said: “Like so many across the country, I am really looking forward to attending the National Plowing Championships in County Laois.

“Ploughing is not only a wonderful sporting and commercial event, it is a fundamental and deeply valued part of the social fabric of rural Ireland.

“The absence of championships in recent years means that this year’s event is more anticipated than ever.

“The Championships provide me and my ministry with a fantastic opportunity to showcase the excellent work being done under the government’s ambitious rural development policy – ​​’Our Rural Future’ – and the range of financial supports we have available to support this work, which helps communities in rural Ireland to continue to grow and prosper,” she added.

The MEP also praises the plowing event

Meanwhile, a colleague of Minister Heather Humprehys and family farmer, MEP Colm Markey, spoke about the importance of National Plowing Championships.

The Irish government has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture by 25% by 2030.

Colm Markey told European journalist Georg von Harrach that this will be one of the main topics of conversation as farmers come together to see new technologies, discuss and see what lies ahead.

He said, “Farmers love to take the opportunity to see what’s new. Also the future direction of the industry and a lot of things that have happened since the last Labour.

“There’s a lot of shifting direction, energy security, food security and the challenges that people face with emissions, with the price of inputs like fertilizer and fuel.

“So there’s a lot going on and a lot of farmers are going to be looking for the innovations that will help them deal with these issues.”

The Ministry of Rural Development receives a donation of safety equipment Wed, 14 Sep 2022 20:11:16 +0000

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By Breaking Belize News Staff: Today, the Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labor and Local Government received a donation of safety equipment from the Technology Center.

The gears, which were received by Minister Oscar Requena and his Director General Valentino Shal, will be used by the ministry’s rural water supply unit.

“We are thrilled with this donation as it helps keep our drilling crew safe as they do their job drilling wells for our farmers and communities,” CEO Shal told Breaking Belize News.

The ministry is also engaged in a number of activities including the Trade Licensing Bill validation session and meetings with the Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labor and Local Government. Foreign Affairs and the National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) to discuss plans to chart the way forward for the Sustainable Child-Friendly Municipalities Initiative (SCFMI).

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Dr Banarsi Lal

Agriculture is demographically the largest economic sector and plays an important role in the overall socio-economic fabric of India. Rapid growth in agriculture is essential for achieving national self-sufficiency, for food security and for ensuring equity in the distribution of income and wealth, leading to poverty reduction. Agriculture continues to be an occupation and a way of life for more than half of India’s population. Agriculture, which is an engine of growth and development and an important contributor to the national economy, has been strongly influenced by the globalization process. The imbalance in total production, the urban-rural divide, national nutritional and food security and economic access to food are of great concern. The country’s agricultural strategy aims to close product and production gaps. The policy envisages the promotion of sustainable agriculture through a differentiated approach depending on the regions, the improvement of the efficiency of the use of inputs, the development and transfer of technology. There is a need to focus on the generation, refinement and application of technologies in agro-ecological or social circumstances. Agriculture is an engine of growth and development and plays an important role in the Indian economy. The globalization of agriculture and the revolution in information and communication technologies have led to enormous changes in global economic growth. Indian agriculture is going through an era of transition. The agricultural situation has become more competitive, knowledge-based and market-driven. The Indian government is making serious efforts to increase crop productivity, improve rural incomes, create employment opportunities, ensure environmental security, etc. There is also a need to develop an approach not only to develop environmentally sound technologies for different areas, but also to facilitate their use at the raw root level. In the mid-1960s, the Green Revolution boosted the production and productivity of major cereals. Yet Indian farmers face several downstream challenges and consequences. The impact of the green revolution remained confined to the assured irrigated areas of the country. Agricultural research is successful on selected crops. There is a big difference between actual and potential crop yields. Deterioration of soil health, depletion of groundwater, regional imbalance, environmental pollution, migration of rural populations, etc. are the consequences of intensive agriculture following the green revolution. There is a need to rectify regional disparities, technological empowerment, food insecurity, tired green revolution, malnutrition, etc.
Indian farmers and farm workers are the backbone of India. The contribution of agriculture to rural development depends mainly on the development and diffusion of innovative technologies. The choice of agricultural technologies has a critical impact on many aspects of agricultural development, especially how we choose them, how we innovate and design them, and how we deliver them to the masses. Technology must be carefully chosen to enable farmers to acquire and assimilate knowledge according to their needs and environment. Technologies should be designed to improve their traditional skills and capabilities, minimize fatigue, reduce drudgery, add innovative and assured value to existing methods of operation, generate employment, utilize local resources in men and materials, require low capital investment, low cost, capable of reproduction and adoption, integrate harmoniously into existing ecosystems leading to tangible improvements in living conditions and self-sustaining development of farmers. There is a need to develop and introduce appropriate technologies coupled with strong delivery systems that ensure economic and ecological sustainability and optimal use of local resources with emphasis on capacity building and technological empowerment, especially small and marginal farmers. Modern agricultural technologies are of limited value if not adopted by farmers due to their inadequacy to particular socio-economic and agro-climatic conditions. Some of the improved agricultural technologies are barely adopted by farmers or totally rejected by them. The main reasons for the poor adoption of technologies are: not adapted to the needs of farmers, economically unviable, unavailable and not compatible with their agricultural system. Most agricultural technologies are not suitable for small, marginal farmers. In conventional research, farmer involvement was negligible. These factors are forcing extension staff and researchers to shift to a more farmer-focused, holistic and interdisciplinary approach to technology development, refinement and dissemination. There is a need to involve farmers in technology evaluation and refinement.
Agricultural technologies work as a catalyst for agricultural development and rural poverty reduction. In order to implement technology evaluation and refinement, a village or group of villages may be identified. The Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) technique can be used to analyze the agro-ecosystem and socio-economic status of farmers in a particular village. Problems in food grain crops, livestock, horticulture, soil health, fungi, sericulture, beekeeping, etc. should be identified by extension staff. To implement the technological interventions, an action plan is developed in consultation with farmers, extension staff, scientists and various district leaders. Field trials should be organized to test information from research. Farmers are expected to coordinate field trials with the help of scientific researchers and extension workers. Necessary inputs and trainings should be provided to beneficiaries during the implementation of technology interventions. Data such as technical parameters, economic factors and farmers’ response should be taken. Scientists and farmers can judge the suitability of the technology for a particular location and further refinement can be done under varying agro-ecological conditions.
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has initiated a project on Technology Assessment and Refinement (TAR) through the Institutional Village Linkage Program (IVLP). When technology is evaluated and refined, research, extension and farmers develop strong links. It is mandatory for Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) of State Agricultural Universities (SAU) to assess and refine technologies of location-specific agricultural and related sectors according to field problems. By evaluating and refining technologies, research becomes more needs-oriented and problem-solving. It strengthens the links between scientists and farmers. It helps to develop modules for different agricultural situations. As farmers in different locations are fully involved in evaluating and refining the technology, they develop the confidence to adopt the technology. Farmers’ experience should also be taken into account in research planning. The development, refinement and dissemination of technology is a unique tool to strengthen the link between researchers, extension staff and farmers. Agricultural technology development policies should take into account the new economic and environmental challenges for agriculture, the diversity of rural livelihoods, the increasing privatization of technology provision and the complexity of agricultural markets. Agricultural technologies must be compatible with broader rural development goals. Reinvigorated and effective public agricultural research and extension systems are needed, capable of delivering productive technologies to support the robust agricultural sector.

(The author is the head, KVK Reasi SKUAST-J).