Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh says, ‘Purple Revolution’ originating from Jammu & Kashmir offers attractive avenues and those who have entered the lavender sector are making a fortune out of it

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Science and Technology, MoS PMO, Space and Atomic Energy, Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that the ‘Purple Revolution’ originating from Jammu & Kashmir offers attractive StartUp avenues and those who have entered the lavender sector are making a fortune out of it ,but what is required is a wider publicity and awareness about these new opportunities of livelihood rolled out in recent years under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The pace of innovation in India has assumed global scale, but the change of mindset also needs to be encouraged at the same pace, he said.

Addressing a Conference on “Sustainable Agricultural Innovations for Resilient Agri-Food Systems” at the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) here , Dr Jitendra Singh enumerated a series of pro-agriculture reforms introduced by the Modi government and said several pathbreaking decisions like new guidelines for geospatial technology and relaxation in the regulations for developing Drone are also enabling provisions for today’s agriculture entrepreneurs and agri-startups.

The Minister also noted that this government had brought in an amendment in the hundred-year-old Indian Forest Act which was enacted by the British government and following this amendment, the home-grown Bamboo has been exempted from the Forest Act so that the youth could use the versatile properties of Bamboo for agriculture entrepreneurship as well as in other sectors. He said, even in our immediate neighbourhood there are huge reserves of bamboo in districts like Kathua and Reasi but these were never adequately explored.

Referring to the theme of the Conference i.e. “Sustainable Agricultural Innovations for Resilient Agri-Food Systems” Dr Jitendra Singh said sustainable innovations are the prerequisites for sustainable StartUps and sustainable means of livelihood. To achieve this, he emphasised the importance of linking with industry right from the beginning and making industry an equal stakeholder so that the research projects are determined by the requirements of the industry.

In the next 25 years of Amrti Kal, said Dr Jitendra Singh, Jammu & Kashmir and several hill territories as well as the Himalayan States are going to make a significant value edition to build India’s future economy because these are the territories whose resources have remain under-utilised in the past. With Prime Minister Narendra Modi giving a focussed attention to these areas, they are going to play a pivotal role in placing India on the world pedestal by 2047, he said.

Dwelling on the theme of the conference, Dr Jitendra Singh said, agricultural development is one of the most powerful tools to end economic constraints, boost shared prosperity and feed a projected 9.7 billion people by 2050. He said, healthy, sustainable and inclusive food systems are critical to achieve the world’s development goals. The Minister, however, emphasised the need to address the climate related issues to avoid their adverse effect on agriculture sector.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, agriculture, forestry, and land use change are responsible for about 25% of greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation in the agriculture sector is part of the solution to climate change. He said, the world faces a dilemma, whether to stay with those innovations that were successful in yields but risk catastrophic climate change, endangering those yields or to continue with innovations in agricultural technology so that we don’t suffer those risks from climate change.

Dr Jitendra Singh also gave example of the Green Revolution, where the yield really did go up and that is a benefit but second those benefits came with serious downside and in some cases economic development was very uneven and people ended up worse off than they were before. In other cases, we had serious agricultural pollution from the agro-chemicals and pests become resistant to pesticides which risks continuing those high yields, the Minister added.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, the areas which will ensure sustainability of agriculture are genetic innovations for climate-resilient agri-food systems, pest management innovations, biodiversity conservation, carbon neutrality and reducing use of fossil fuels in agriculture. He said, the agricultural innovations to enhance food security and productivity in a sustainable manner, climate resilient food solutions, restoration of natural resources, future of farming, agricultural sensors, farming drones, and public health and food safety are important issues concerning the agriculture world over including India.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, policy makers and agricultural scientists in India are working hard on improving livelihoods and creating more and better jobs, including for women and youth, improving food security for all, including access to safe and nutritious food and making agriculture and food more sustainable and more climate-smart, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In his concluding remarks, Dr Jitendra Singh said, Agriculture has changed dramatically in the 20th Century as food and fibre productivity has soared due to new technologies, mechanisation, increased chemical use, specialisation, and government policies that favoured maximising production and reducing food prices. But, the challenges of 21st Century ranging from climate changes to pest attacks and conflicts could pose a threat. The Minister said, “I am convinced that agricultural scientists are capable enough to help India lead the way”.



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Allen Woo offers actions and strategies for retaining human talent in a company

There is no doubt that talent retention in companies is a difficult task to achieve, but Allen Woo’s advice is a formula that can make this factor an effective reality.

Québec, Canada – WEBWIRE

A company’s ability to implement human talent retention strategies is fast becoming a key factor in competing. If hiring the right talent is already difficult, retaining them is an additional challenge. Because of this, Allen Woo has used his knowledge of people management to provide some essential tips and strategies for effectively retaining human talent in a company.

When a company sets out to conduct a recruitment process, it is normal for a great deal of financial and HR effort to be devoted to this important task. However, many leaders do not give the same importance to talent retention or do not care about it at all, which can result in additional costs for the company.

If an organization wants to keep its best workers in the long term, it must know the actions and strategies for talent retention, which are detailed by the expert. Employee retention refers to a company’s efforts to retain its most valuable asset – human talent – for as long as possible.

“Sometimes retention comes completely naturally, thanks to a combination of good incentives from the company, excellent leadership and the goodwill of employees who are happy to work for the organization,” Woo explains. “However, it is not advisable to expect it to happen naturally, as you may lose excellent employees in the process. The best thing to do is to resort to retention strategies that prevent their departure.”

It is also important to know the turnover rate if you want your company to increase its long-term profitability. However, while they are related, the retention rate is not the inverse of turnover due to important differences between the two.

On the one hand, some companies choose to calculate the turnover rate based on employees who left on their own accord, excluding those terminated for cause. On the other hand, to obtain real data, the retention rate must be measured over a considerable period of time; at least one year is recommended.

Woo suggests starting by hiring the right person from the beginning. Retention starts from the employee application process, candidate screening and job interviews. According to Woo, 35% of employers who hire new staff do so with the expectation that more employees will quit during the year.

If a large portion of new hires are already expected to leave before the end of the year from the start of the hiring process, it’s no wonder turnover rates are so high. It’s important not to fall into that kind of negative mindset and make sure you hire the right employees from the start.

Many employees admit that they will stay with a company longer if they know better what their role will be at the time of hire. A bad experience during the hiring process – for example, if they last too long and create uncertainty – and then performing functions that they were not previously informed about, is an “excellent” formula for an employee to leave their job in a short period of time.

Following the previous point, a bad hire costs much more than the employee’s salary, since it brings with it all kinds of negative effects. This includes reduced productivity, wasted time in training an employee who may leave in a short time, and reduced morale in a team that is constantly seeing its parts change,

Knowing this, you can’t hire the right person unless recruiters are involved, not just with the interviews, but with the entire selection process, and one of the parts of this process is precisely the job description. A description that is too technical or too vague results in a greater recruitment challenge and the loss of talented candidates to other companies simply because they don’t know exactly what the job is about.

“Pairing a new employee with an experienced worker to mentor them can ensure greater long-term retention,” Woo asserts. “Mentors are important figures who bring their knowledge, experience and fresh insight into how things are done to new talent. Assigning a mentor to new hires prevents mistakes from being made, and raises production and engagement.”

And finally, use technology to improve the work climate. Many employees feel the desire to leave their job when the company’s environment is not to their liking or has deteriorated too much. A useful tool to anticipate such scenarios is to use employee survey software.

This resource opens a window of conversation where people can express their doubts, opinions and concerns about the work environment, and thus determine what aspects can be improved and what measures are needed to improve the situation. If conducted on a regular basis, it is possible to measure the evolution of employees’ opinions.

About Allen Woo

Allen Woo is a self-taught expert in business and personnel management. Originally from Canada, he has spent much of his adult life honing his innate skills in motivation and personal growth. Woo dedicates his time to helping businesses and individuals make significant improvements in their daily interactions, constantly exploring new methods to motivate and enhance teams. When he’s away from responsibilities, he likes to focus on inner growth and enjoys outdoor activities that exercise the body and the mind.

Ann Marie Puig offers the benefits of networking for business growth

Global business consultant Ann Marie Puig, who has helped companies around the world expand their operations, explains the power of networking.

San José, Costa Rica – WEBWIRE

Networking, the creation of a network of contacts to create business opportunities, is one of the essential skills for entrepreneurs since they can have productive approaches that will help them build strong relationships with other people who are also looking to expand their brand. Ann Marie Puig, an entrepreneur and global business consultant, highlights the advantages of networking to promote entrepreneurship.

Networking is not sales. It is important to always keep in mind that networking is not about selling but to detect and take advantage of opportunities to meet key people who will help you in improving your professional profile. Therefore, it is essential to dedicate time to talk to people about their businesses, to find out how you can help them and how they can contribute to your knowledge. Building good relationships improves the perception of the success of the project.

You can get to know the industry. Explains Puig, “An excellent way to learn more about the business, better understand the industry and hear about the challenges faced by your contacts is by weaving an extensive network of contacts from which you can obtain reliable information about what happens to other companies.”

Networking can promote your brand. If you want to grow your business and make success rise, you must make critical contacts for it. People recommend others when they know their products and the subject behind the brand. If in a business meeting you did not deal with the prominent investor who bets on your brand, maybe you can rub shoulders with one of his contacts who could talk to him about your project.

In an ecosystem where there are countless challenges for those dedicated to entrepreneurship, the right partners are fundamental for any startup. Place yourself in positions of opportunity. Entrepreneurs feel motivated and inspired to attend certain events or meetings. However, there are many extraordinary opportunities that can arise if they impress potential investors. They have the idea of sharing, creating and communicating ideas.

Last but not least, meeting potential investors. These events attract people with different levels of experience and contexts. All of them are looking for connections, inspiration, advice, opportunities, and mentors.

Meet potential allies from national and international markets. Successful and strong connections are built when your messages are directed to the right target. As such, it doesn’t matter if your business is aimed only at the local community. Attending international meetings and reaching people from all over the world can expand your vision and improve your business approach. “Meeting other entrepreneurs, angel investors, bloggers, and other business enthusiasts will inspire you to achieve your personal improvement,” adds Puig.

There are currently 32 coworking spaces in Mexico City alone and 74 nationwide. With an approximate number of 30 coworkers per space, there are more than 2,000 people generating networking every day in Mexico, according to figures from the DeskMag.com portal. With such a large number of diverse professionals working in different industries, the opportunity to expand your business network is enormous, and it is definitely an option that you should not miss.

About Ann Marie Puig

Ann Marie Puig is a business consultancy expert. She is bilingual in Spanish and English, and provides reliable and expert business consultancy services based on years of experience. She is extremely knowledgeable in current technology, eCommerce and a variety of industries. As a result, her clients are able to trust her to offer a more personal service. When she’s not active consulting for a business, she dedicates her time to her family and her community.

Midlothian, VA Firm Offers a New Way to Work with an Interior Designer

 Contented Interiors LLC continues to evolve with the changing landscape of the interior design service industry. Typically, full service level design handles a client’s project from design conception to renovation work, through to the installation of the furnishings. Full service interior design involves a lot of time spent managing contractors, trades, and procurement logistics on the part of the hired firm, which means a large budget is generally required from the client to work with an interior designer.

Contented Interiors LLC recently introduced a new offering for those who don’t want full service interior design, but wish for more assistance beyond a consultation timeframe. The Chic, Kid-Proof Living Rooms Course + Community is a 12-week session offered to cohort groups who want to learn the tips and tricks of the trade as they complete the on-demand, step-by-step interior design content. During the session, there will be weekly calls with lead designer Lee Harmon Waters of Contented Interiors to dig deeper into the material and get answers to design issues and decorating issues in the participants’ spaces. Additionally, Waters will review each participant’s created design, to ensure they can move into the procurement stage of their project with full confidence. The expectation at the end of the 12 week session is that participants will have an expert-reviewed design plan to transform their living rooms (any room that isn’t a kitchen or bathroom) based on their unique needs, housing type, and budget. And as promised, the design plans will be both chic and kid-proof to meet the demanding needs of busy, stylish families.

One of the participants said of her success in the Chic, Kid-Proof Living Rooms Course + Community, “It gave me the accountability I needed to go from dreaming and being indecisive, to having clarity and taking action. It’s a gift every family deserves.”

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