India’s Push for Millets

Context: At a pre-launch celebration of the International Year of Millets 2023 organised by the Ministries of Agriculture and External Affairs named “Covid, conflict, and climate” as the world’s main food security challenges, and placed the cultivation and popularisation of millets in the context of the wider imperative of “de-risking the global economy”. Relevance: GS […]

Honey Mission Programme

Focus: GS III: Agriculture Why in News? Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has taken a giant leap towards “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” by creating local employment to unemployed youth through its flagship “Honey Mission” programme. Honey Mission National Bee Board (NBB) The Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture Cooperation & Farmer’s Welfare established the National Bee […]

Krishi Vigyan Kendra

Focus: GS III- Agriculture Why in News? The 29th Regional Workshop of Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh was inaugurated by the Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare at Morena, Madhya Pradesh. Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Functions of KVKs

What are Pashmina Shawls

Context: Recently, Custom officials complained about the presence of ‘Shahtoosh’ guard hair in Pashmina shawl, which is obtained from endangered Tibetan antelopes in many of their export consignments. Relevance: Prelims, GS-III: Agriculture and Allied sectors, GS-III: Intellectual Property Rights Dimensions of the Article: What are Pashmina Shawls and what is the history behind them? MSP […]

National Fisheries Development Board

Focus: GS III- Agriculture Why in News? National Fisheries Development Board awarded “India Agribusiness Awards 2022” About National Fisheries Development Board Mission: Holistic development of the fisheries sector through enhancement of fish production and productivity; to supplement nutritious protein for the growing population; to accelerate the overall economy of the country, besides improving health, economy, exports, […]

Farmer Producer Organizations Centered On Fodder

Context The Government of India recently designated the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) as the implementing agency for the establishment of 100 fodder-centric Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) in 2022-23. Relevance GS Paper 3: transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers Mains Paper What exactly are Farmer […]

 Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS)

Focus: GS-III: Agriculture Why in News? Recently, the Union Cabinet approved Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS) rates for Phosphatic and Potassic (P&K) fertilisers for Rabi season 2022-23 from 1st October, 2022 to 31st March, 2023. About Nutrient-Based Subsidy Regime Issues Related to NBS  

What is Glyphosate?

Context: The Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has restricted the use of glyphosate, a widely used herbicide, citing health hazards for humans and animals. Relevance: GS III: Agriculture Dimensions of the Article: What is Glyphosate? Recent ban: Health impacts of glyphosate: -Source: Indian Express  

About Kalanamak Rice

Context: Kalanamak, a traditional variety of paddy is all set to get a new look and name. Relevance: GS III: Agriculture Dimensions of the Article: Kalanamak Rice Health Benefits of Kalanamak Rice: Kalanamak Rice The people of Sravasti are said to have received Kalanamak rice, a paddy with a black husk and a potent smell, […]

Minimum Support Price (MSP)

Context: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister has approved the increase in the Minimum Support Prices (MSP) for all mandated Rabi Crops for Marketing Season 2023-24. Relevance: GS-III: Agriculture (Agriculture Pricing), GS-II: Social Justice (Welfare Schemes) Dimensions of the Article: What is Minimum Support Price (MSP)? Why is there a […]