Ban on Wheat Export

Context: Recently, the government effectively banned the export of wheat. Relevance: GS III- Agriculture Dimensions of the Article: Why were wheat exports banned? What led to the decrease in production? Why were wheat exports banned? The government revised down its wheat production estimates from 111.32 million tonnes (MT) to 105 MT for the crop year […]

Green Manure

Context: The Punjab state agriculture department is promoting the cultivation of green manure these days as Punjab Agro is providing subsidy on the seed at the rate of Rs 2,000 per quintal, which costs Rs 6,300 per quintal without subsidy. Relevance: GS III- Agriculture Dimensions of the Article: What is green manure? How does it […]

Direct Seeding of Rice

Context: The Punjab government recently announced Rs 1,500 incentive per acre for farmers opting for Direct Seeding of Rice (DSR), which is known for saving water. Relevance: GS III- Agriculture Dimensions of the Article: What is DSR? How much water can DSR help save? Advantages of DSR tech Disadvantages of DSR tech What is DSR? […]

PM-FME Scheme

Focus: GS III- Agriculture Why in News? The Ministry of Food Processing Industries has signed an agreement with NAFED for developing 10 brands of selected 20 ODOPs under the branding and marketing component of the PMFME scheme. About PM-FME Scheme: Nodal: Ministry of Food Processing Industries(MOFPI).  It is a centrally sponsored scheme. Aim is to […]

Jute Industry

Context: Member of Parliament (MP) from Barrackpore constituency in West Bengal met the Union Textile minister about issues concerning jute farmers, workers and the overall jute industry. Relevance: GS III- Major crops-cropping patterns in various parts of the country Dimensions of the Article: About Jute “The Golden Fiber” About Jute Cultivation Overview Advantages of Jute […]

PDS Has Had a Spectacular Run. That May Not Last

Context 2020-21 was one of Indian agriculture’s finest moments, as memorable as 1967-68 that inaugurated the Green Revolution. Agriculture was the only sector to grow 3.3 per cent in 2020-21, even as the economy overall contracted by 4.8 per cent. Relevance GS-III: Issues related to Direct and Indirect Farm Subsidies and Minimum Support Prices; Public […]

Reforming Nutrient-Based Subsidy (NBS) Regime 

Focus: GS-III: Agriculture Why in News? The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister has approved the proposal of the Department of Fertilizers for Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS) rates for Phosphatic and Potassic (P&K) fertilizers for Kharif Season – 2022 About Nutrient-Based Subsidy Regime Under the Nutrient-based subsidy (NBS) regime – fertilizers are provided to […]

Formation and Promotion of 10,000 FPOs

Focus: GS III-Agriculture Why in News? Recently, the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare has organized the National Conference of Cluster Based Business Organization’s (CBBOs), under the Central Sector Scheme of Formation and Promotion of 10,000 FPOs (Farmer Producer Organization). About the scheme: Nodal: Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers welfare It is a Central Sector Scheme titled “Formation and Promotion […]

India’s Food Response as ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam’

Context India has been providing humanitarian assistance for food security across the world. From importing food grains to being self sufficient exporters, India has various lessons for developing world. Relevance GS-III: Issues related to Direct and Indirect Farm Subsidies and Minimum Support Prices; Public Distribution System – Objectives, Functioning, Limitations, Revamping; Issues of Buffer Stocks […]

Get These Wrinkles Out of the South Asian Textile Story

Context Textile Industry in South Asia has huge potential and is currently a global phenomenon. Government support is of utmost necessity to make sure the industry flourishes. Relevance GS-III: Major Crops – Cropping Patterns in various parts of the country, – Different Types of Irrigation and Irrigation Systems; Storage, Transport and Marketing of Agricultural Produce and Issues […]