Agriculture, GS-3

Zero-Budget Natural Farming

Addressing the United Nations conference on desertification (COP-14), Indian PM told the global community that India is focusing on Zero-Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF). ZBNF was also highlighted in budget 2019 in the bid to double farmer's income by 2022. However, scientists from the National Academy of Agricultural Sciencessuggested that there is no need for the government to promote ZBNF unless there… Continue reading Zero-Budget Natural Farming

Agriculture, GS-3, Uncategorized

Transforming Agriculture

Context On 1st July 2019, Prime Minister had set up a High Powered Committee of Chief Ministers for ‘Transformation of Indian Agriculture’. The nine-member committee, headed by Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, is formed to suggest policy measures, attract investments and raise growth in food processing. Its terms of reference (ToR) pertain largely to matters related to agri-markets. This includes reforming the Agricultural… Continue reading Transforming Agriculture

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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, 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

GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

More cold chains, food parks to boost farm incomes

The government is planning to set up 100 new cold chain projects at a cost of Rs. 12,000 crore to Rs.13,000 crore. The centre has also kicked off the process to invite investors to set up six new mega food parks. These measures are aimed at boosting farm sector incomes by establishing farm to fork… Continue reading More cold chains, food parks to boost farm incomes

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

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Overseas investors continue to shun oil palm industry

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

Agriculture, GS-3, Uncategorized

National Agricultural Market: How is this a necessity for India?

State of Indian Agriculture & renewed focus on increasing a farmer’s income If we go back in time (aug 2015) and read this PIB release – National Agricultural Market – A Harbinger of Change, we would realise that government realised (yet again) the importance of agriculture in Indian economy. While the Government has rolled out large… Continue reading National Agricultural Market: How is this a necessity for India?