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 […]

Minimum Support Price

Context: MSPs provide a floor for market prices, and ensure that farmers receive a certain “minimum” remuneration so that their costs of cultivation (and some profit) can be recovered. 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 need for MSP? What […]

Centre to form panel on MSP

Context: The government will form a committee to look into encouraging crop diversification, natural farming, and making minimum support price (MSP) effective and transparent. 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 need for MSP? What are the issues […]

60% OF FARMERS FACED LOSSES

Why in news? Despite most Farmers managing to harvest their crops despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 60% of them still faced losses, mostly related to the lockdown, according to a new survey in 12 States. Details A majority of farmers say the lockdown has hurt their preparations for the upcoming sowing season either because they cannot […]

177 NEW MANDIS INTEGRATED WITH THE E-NAM

Why in news? The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare launched integration of 177 new mandis with the National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) on 11th May. This will strengthen agriculture marketing and facilitate farmers to sell their harvested produce through the online portal. e-NAM e-NAM was an innovative initiative in agricultural marketing to enhance farmers accessibility […]

INTEGRATED SOIL NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT: SOIL HEALTH CARD

Why in news? Government has called for making integrated soil nutrient management a farmers’ movement.  Reviewing the progress of the Soil Health Programme Details: Major focus of the programme would be on mass awareness programme for farmers in over 1 lakh villages covering all districts of the country and setting up of village level Soil […]

SIGNIFICANT RISE IN SOWING AREA COVERAGE OF SUMMER CROPS

Why in news? Sowing Area Coverage of Summer Crops is as follows: Rice: About 34.80 lakh ha area coverage under summer rice as compared to 25.26 lakh ha during the corresponding period of last year. Pulses: About 8.77 lakh ha area coverage under pulses as compared to 5.44 lakh ha. during the corresponding period of […]