The Madhya Pradesh government will promote entrepreneurship among farmers’ children by helping them set up custom processing and servicing centres for agriculture commodities like onions, garlic, tomato and soybean. Under a scheme, the government will facilitate bank loans up to Rs 25 lakh for children of farmers who are older...
For women in many villages of Bundelkhand, the 'water wheel'- a drum that doubles up as a wheel, attached to two handles -- came as a blessing. These drums that holds 45 litres of water and costing Rs 2,500 were distributed to the women in half a dozen districts by...
A teenager from Bundhelkhand successfully develops electronic items for daily use – from induction cookers to refrigerators and blade-less fans -- and makes videos that get him thousands of followers on social media. Ayush Semele, a resident of Prithvipur, however, does not have an engineering degree, and perhaps could not...
A study has called the 14.2% growth in agricultural GDP of Madhya Pradesh in the last five years “unprecedented in the annals of India's agriculture history since independence,” and pointed out that government policies played a major role in it. The report by New Delhi based think tank ICREAR identified...
Over 11.5 million Indians are at a very high risk of fluorosis because they lack access to clean drinking water. The central ministry of health and family welfare has found that people living at 132 districts in 19 states with high groundwater fluoride content are at very high risk of...
Toilets seem to have created caste divide at a village in Bundelkhand. The Barakhera village saw upper caste Patels allegedly smashing down toilets built by a scheduled caste Prajapatis, saying they were built in front of their houses and narrowed down the road, reported the Times of India. “The whole day...
A diasabled 40-year-old man single-handedly runs a government school in Bhopal, doing jobs of a teacher, mentor, manager, cook and peon. Pavan Mishra is the lone teacher at the primary school at Bal Vihar in the Walled City which once had five classes and over 150 students. Mishra, a polio...
A farmer in Madhya Pradesh has been using his two daughters to pull the plough for three years as he has no money to buy oxen. The girls -- 11 and 14 years old -- had to drop out of schools after class 8 to help their father who holds...
Even as many state governments are announcing farm loan waivers, experts point out the fact that only less than 10% of farmers get the benefit of it, as most farmers get their money from informal sources such as money lenders. A National Sample Survey Office survey from 2012-2013 to showed...
As 2000 tonnes of onions procured by farmers rot in a building at Madhya Pradesh’s Chhatarpur district, students in the nearby primary school have stopped coming to school over two days because of the stench, reported Hindustan Times. The absence of adequate storage space and heavy rainfall spoilt the produce,...

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