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

GS-3, Science & Tech

National Animal Disease Control Programme (NACDP)

Context: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP). Details: India has the world’s largest livestock population of 125-crore plus heads, but cattle productivity is low, and animal diseases are a major concern. The diseases have resulted in some overseas markets being shut to Indian dairy and meat products, and prevented the industry from… Continue reading National Animal Disease Control Programme (NACDP)

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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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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

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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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

Water Crisis: Why has it reached such proportions?

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?

Agriculture, GS-3, Uncategorized

No sanctity for sovereign guarantee

Livemint Issue A mismatch between the value of stocks kept in warehouses and loans taken against them. Context It has been found that the stocks of foodgrains kept in the warehouses of the Punjab government are inadequate to cover the loan against such stocks, so the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has directed banks to… Continue reading No sanctity for sovereign guarantee