Positive Stories

September 22, 2021

Handcrafting furniture and fulfilling dreams

Gaon Connection’s campaign called Hands of India, supported by Flipkart, the e-commerce company, presents stories of creators, sellers and customers. Read on to find out how Parmeshwar Lal Parjapat from Churu, Rajasthan, did not give up his dreams, and from a one-man enterprise has grown his business to provide employment and a sense of hope and well-being to 25 other people.

Pankaja Srinivasan
September 21, 2021

Eco-friendly Ganeshotsav: In their chemistry lab, school students in Madhya Pradesh’s Satna prepare Ganesh idol with alum

Concerned about the chemicals that pollute water bodies during the immersion of idols of Lord Ganesha, a group of school students have prepared an eco-friendly idol of the deity by moulding alum in the chemistry laboratory. Details here.

September 17, 2021

Odisha to become the first Indian state to include millets, pulses, vegetables in mid day meals and ration scheme

The Odisha government has decided to include pulses, millets, oilseeds, fruits and vegetables in its government welfare programmes, including meals offered at anganwadis and mid day meals at schools. Local recipes, millet laddus, sprouted green gram, crop diversification, women empowerment to be the focus of the initiative.

Shivani Gupta
September 17, 2021

Good news for potato farmers as scientists find a way to fight blight

Scientists of the Acharya Narendra Deva University of Agriculture and Technology, Ayodhya have some good news for potato farmers as they find an effective way to keep potato farms from the dreaded early scorch disease.

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September 16, 2021

A farmer’s hobby leads to the launch of Odisha’s first Ornamental Aquaculture Field School

Rajesh Ranjan Mahapatra who started keeping ornamental fishes as a hobby, has started the first of its kind training school in his farm in Cuttack, where, with the help of CIFA scientists, he will train others, including tribal women, in aquaculture.

Divendra Singh
September 14, 2021

Landanpur Grant, a model rural township for landless families, in UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri

Lakhimpur Kheri district administration has set up a first-of-its-kind rural township in Uttar Pradesh which is equipped with piped drinking water, sewage system, electricity supply, solar street lighting, a playground and cattle sheds for 26 landless families. This model is expected to be scaled up across the state.

Mohit Shukla
September 13, 2021

Thai guavas help a farmer in Dhar, Madhya Pradesh script his success story

Replacing traditional vegetable cultivation with Thai guava orchards, Dinesh Baggar is earning a profit of Rs 25-30 lakh per annum from his 1.2 hectare plantation in Sajod village of Dhar. Krishi Vigyan Kendra scientists guided the farmer and changed his fortunes.

Shyam Dangi
September 11, 2021

With third highest inland fish production, Uttar Pradesh coming up as a major fisheries hub

Lucrative schemes from the centre and the state governments have benefited several farmers in Uttar Pradesh who have taken up inland fishing and are reaping profits. In 2019-20, the state produced the third highest inland fishes in the country. Details here.

Divendra Singh
September 2, 2021

Farmers in Himachal take up hing cultivation; India may no longer have to import it

Every pinch of hing India uses in her kitchen is imported. But not for much longer as agricultural scientists of the Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur, along with ICAR, have trained 373 farmers in Himachal Pradesh to grow asafoetida indigenously.

Divendra Singh
September 1, 2021

Primary schools reopen in Uttar Pradesh after 18 months; excited teachers, notebooks and midday meal welcome the children

Been out of school for almost 18 months due to the exigencies arising out of the COVID19 pandemic, primary school children in Uttar Pradesh have returned to their classrooms and repatriated with their friends. Here’s what the students, teachers and parents had to say about the schools reopening.

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