Agriculture, GS-3, Uncategorized

Solution to India’s Water Crisis

Context According to the Composite Water Management Index (CWMI) report released by the NITI Aayog in 2018, 21 major cities (Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and others) are racing to reach zero groundwater levels by 2020, affecting access for 100 million people.The CWMI report also states that by 2030, the country's water demand is projected to be twice the available… Continue reading Solution to India’s Water Crisis

Agriculture, GS-3, Uncategorized

Power Subsidy in Agriculture and Related Issue

Context There has been a sharp growth in electricity use in the agriculture sector, especially since the 1980s with consumption rising from 8% of total consumption in 1969 to 17% in 2016. This is supplied either free or at subsidised rates, and a large part of it is not metered. There is a strong linkage between electricity, water… Continue reading Power Subsidy in Agriculture and Related Issue

Agriculture, GS-3, Science & Tech, Uncategorized

Annadata to Urjadata

Recently, the minister of the state of agriculture admitted that current policies will fall short of the goal of doubling farmer's income by 2022. In this context, the narrative of turning Annadata (farmer) into Urjadata (producer of solar power) as highlighted by Finance Minister in Budget 2019, can provide multidimensional benefits. Doubling the Farmer's Income. Indian PM in… Continue reading Annadata to Urjadata

Agriculture, Essay, Uncategorized

Material for Essay Topic: Agriculture

Essay Topic: Agriculture Quotes on Agriculture ●        “Agriculture is the most Healthful, most useful and most Noble Employment of Man.” - George Washington ●        “Everything can wait, but not Agriculture.” - Jawaharlal Nehru ●        “The discovery of agriculture was the first big step toward a civilized life.” - Arthur Keith ●        “Agriculture is civilization.” -… Continue reading Material for Essay Topic: Agriculture

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Everything about Indian Farming and Agriculture

Indian Agriculture: A brief Outlook Agriculture accounted for 14% of India’s GDP in 2016-17 and provided employment to more than half a billion people. The share of Agriculture in employment is close to 54% as on 2016-17. Indian Agriculture is dominated by the small-scale farming and is characterised by low productivity. The average size of… Continue reading Everything about Indian Farming and Agriculture

Agriculture, GS-3, Science & Tech, Uncategorized

Everything about GM crops!

What is genetic modification (GM) of crops and how is it done? GM is a technology that involves inserting DNA into the genome of an organism. To produce a GM plant, new DNA is transferred into plant cells. Usually, the cells are then grown in tissue culture where they develop into plants. The seeds produced… Continue reading Everything about GM crops!

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Food Processing Industry in India

The food processing industry in India is increasingly seen as a potential source for driving the rural economy as it brings about synergy between the consumer, industry and the farmer. However, food processing activity is still at a nascent stagein India with low penetration. Importance of Food Processing Industry It holds the potential of reducing enormous wastage of agricultural produce in the… Continue reading Food Processing Industry in India

Agriculture, GS-1, GS-3, Uncategorized

Women’s contribution in Indian Agriculture

Why are we discussing? The 2011 census figures shows only 32.8 per cent women formally as primary workers in the agricultural sector, in contrast to 81.1 per cent men. But the undeniable fact remains that India’s agricultural industry, which employs 80 to 100 million women and the sector cannot survive without their labor. What is… Continue reading Women’s contribution in Indian Agriculture

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GM seeds key to food security

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has said the use of genetically modified (GM) technology for seeds is important for improving agricultural productivity and food security. He said 18 field trials, testing various kinds of GM seeds, were under way but the government would take a considered view on releasing genetically modified mustard. Background: GM mustard, likely… Continue reading GM seeds key to food security

Agriculture, Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

Insure farmers against climate change

The Hindu Issue How India’s agricultural policy has made us structurally vulnerable to climate change? India, a climate change hotspot India is uniquely vulnerable to rising temperatures — it ranks in the top 20 in the Climate Change Vulnerability Index. Our average surface temperature, over the past four decades, has risen by 0.3° Celsius, accompanied… Continue reading Insure farmers against climate change