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    January 16th, 2018adminCoffee News

    Raipur :

    The Chhattisgarh government has undertaken an innovative coffee plantation project in Darbha region of insurgency-hit Bastar district in a bid to boost the income of farmers.

    The cash crop is raised on 20 acres of the government land under the Darbha development block, located around 35 kms away from Jagdalpur district headquarter on an experimental basis by the Jagdalpur horticulture college in collaboration with the Bastar district administration.

    Jagdalpur district headquarter is located around 350 kms away from here.

    “During research, the geo-climatic conditions of Darbha, located at a height of around 654 meters above the sea level and where around 100 mm rainfall occurs in summer, found suitable for growing coffee,” Dr Krishna Pal Singh, Horticulture Scientist at the College of Horticulture and Research Station, Jagdalpur, told PTI.

    He said the regions like Bijapur and Kirandul (Dnatewada) in south Chhattisgarh, and Jashpur (north Chhattisgarh) also have possibilities for coffee farming.

    The ultimate plan was to bring about a change in the cropping pattern of farmers who traditionally depended upon cultivation of rice, Singh said, adding that farmers could not fetch a good return from paddy farming but a coffee plantation would yield more revenue.

    In the first phase of the project, 20 acres of land was finalised on terrains of Darbha-Koleng road, he asid, adding that the fund was granted by the district administration under District Mineral Foundation (DMF).

    The plantation was started in September last year on two acres of the land while the remaining 18 acres will be covered by May this year, he said.

    Initially ‘selection 8’ variety of coffee Arabica species was planted in two acres.

    The Coffee Board of India, Bengaluru, has agreed to provide seedlings of two improved varieties of coffee Arabica- Chandrgiri dwarf and selection 9, and one Coffee Robusta variety- CxR for further plantation, he said.

    The Coffee Board took this decision after its team recently visited the plantation orchard, Singh said.

    As many as 12 local farmers, including six women, have been involved in the cultivation after they were imparted necessary training.

    “Besides, some of the farmers will be sent to the Coffee Research Station in Koraput (Odisha) for further training so that they can take up coffee farming in their field and disseminate it to other farmers,” Dr Singh said.

    For the first three years of the project, the district administration has sanctioned a fund of Rs 60 lakh, he said.

    The horticulture scientist said the coffee cultivation had a span of 45 years once sown.

    “Coffee beans (cherries) for commercial production will be ready from second year onwards. A small processing unit will be set up in future for processing beans into coffee powder,” he added.

    The project has started attracting response of local farmers who have approached the horticulture college to take up the same plantation in their field.

    A group of farmers from Mawlipadar village of Darbha block has contacted us seeking assistance and guidance for growing coffee in around 40 acres of land in their village, Singh said.

    Meanwhile, the college has also planned to plant bush pepper in the coffee orchard as an inter crop.

    Bush pepper will be sown in gaps between two rows of coffee plants, Singh said, adding that the mixed cultivation of both crops would yield a handsome income for the farmers.

    Farmers involved in the cultivation believe that the project would give a new identity to Darbha–where a number of state Congress leaders were killed in a deadly Maoist attack on May 25, 2013 in its Jhiram valley area.

    The district administration has plans to expand coffee plantation in other places of the region if it would turn successful.

    “The coffee cultivation has been started on the experimental basis and once we will get good results, it would be later replicated in other suitable parts,” Bastar Collector Dhananjay Dewangan said.

    The collector further added that based on the results of the project, an action plan will be drafted that would benefit the farming community.

    source: http://www.outlookindia.com / Outlook / Home> The News Scroll / by Tikeshwar Patel / Raipur – January 14th, 2018

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    A view of the General Thimayya Memorial Bhavana in Madikeri.

    A view of the General Thimayya Memorial Bhavana in Madikeri.

    The work on converting Sunny Side, the abode of late General K S Thimayya in Madikeri into a memorial has been re-started.

    The state government, through the Department of Kannada and Culture, released Rs 2.30 crore for the purpose last week. The memorial is expected to be ready within a few months.

    At the same time, a war tank, a long-pending demand, has finally arrived at the ‘Sunny Side’.

    Demand for tank

    Owing to shortage of fund, the work on converting ‘Sunny Side’ into a memorial could not be taken up. Ex-servicemen have been demanding that a war tank be kept in the museum of ‘Sunny Side’. When the Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat visited Kodagu to unveil the statues of Field Marshal K M Cariappa and General K S Thimayya on Kaveri College premises in Gonikoppa recently, the ex-servicemen’s association had appealed for the same. The war tank has arrived at Madikeri from Army Training Centre in Pune.

    The battle tank “Himath” was used during the India-Pakistan war in 1971. After the completion of the memorial, the war tank will be open for public viewing.

    The Nirmiti Kendra has taken up the work on the memorial but will retain the old structure of the house. It is proposed to keep a model of a fighter plane too, and items used by Gen Thimayya while serving the Army, along with war tank, in the memorial.

    Funds for memorial

    The state government had announced the conversion of the house into a memorial in its budget. Accordingly, the district administration had prepared an estimate for Rs 5.5 crore.

    In 2013-14, the government had released Rs 45 lakh. When the state government claimed that it cannot release such a huge amount, the district administration had revised the estimate to Rs 3.70 crore. The state government has so far released Rs 1.45 crore. With the recent release of Rs 2.30 crore, the work is likely to be completed at the earliest, said the Nirmiti Kendra officials.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / by DH News Service, Madikeri / January 14th, 2018

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    January 15 is observed every year as Army Day in India.

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    New Delhi:

    January 15 is observed every year as Army Day in India. Field Marshal Kodandera M Cariappa took over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief on this day in 1949. Army day is dedicated to the soldiers who fought to safeguard the country’s honour. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended his greetings on Army Day. PM said, “On Army Day, I convey greetings to the soldiers, veterans and their families”.

    “Our Army always puts the nation first. I salute all those great individuals who sacrificed their lives while serving the nation. India will never forget our valiant heroes,” he added.

    Army Day 2018: Important Things Students Should Know About Field Marshal KM Cariappa
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    January 15 is observed every year as Army Day in India

    Born on 28th January 1900 in Mercara state, now part of Karnataka, Field Marshal KM Cariappa was amongst the first officers to receive the King’s Commission in 1919.

    After an outstanding career, he became the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army on January 15, 1949.

    A hardcore Infantryman, Field Marshal KM Cariappa was a thorough gentleman who exhibited the highest standards of self discipline and compassion.

    He had been a legend in his life time and left an indelible impression that would inspire the people for a long time.

    Field Marshal KM Cariappa was the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army and was conferred the rank of Field Marshal on 28 April 1986.

    He breathed his last in May 1993.

    In memory of Field Marshal KM Cariappa, the Infantry Directorate at the Army HQ has been organizing the ‘Field Marshal KM Cariappa Memorial Lecture’ every year, since 1995, as part of Infantry Day celebrations.

    Gen Dalbir Singh, then Chief of the Army Staff, dedicated a statue of Field Marshal K M Cariappa at the Army Parade Ground, Delhi Cantonment and rechristened the parade ground as “Cariappa Parade Ground” on December 29, 2016.

    Three Service Chiefs paying homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti on the occasion of 70th #ArmyDay 2018 #ArmyDay2018@DefenceMinIndia@SpokespersonMoDpic.twitter.com/FbAUAAwFY

    – ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) January 15, 2018

    source: http://www.ndtv.com / NDTV / Home> Section> Education / by NDTV Education Team / January 15th, 2018

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