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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
The Hindu Issue The government’s allowed 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in oil palm plantations last year but has failed to draw even a single investor. Analysis India spends huge amount on imports of edible oil every year. Attempts to increase the area under oilseeds in India have not been very successful, but… Continue reading Overseas investors continue to shun oil palm industry
Article Link Summary: Water has now become a political issue for want of proper development and management of the resource. While millions suffer from droughts and floods, waters in the country’s many rivers flow unutilised, and are discharged into the sea every year. In the wake of this crisis, few experts have asked the government… Continue reading Indian River Linking (IRL) project
As the summer sets in, many parts of the country are said to face one of the worst water crisis in the history. Reservoir levels in many states have come down alarmingly. Also, drinking water situation in states like Maharashtra is equally alarming. Ganga, which was to provide water to 1/3rd population of the country,… Continue reading Water Crisis: Why has it reached such proportions?