Agriculture


Crops and Cropping Patterns

India starts exporting GI-certified “Jalgaon banana” to Dubai

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GI certified “Jardalu mangoes” from Bihar exported to the UK

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“Pyrostria laljii” – A New Species Discovered in Andaman and Nicobar

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First consignment of GI certified “Shahi Litchi” exported to the U.K

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Agri Storage and Distribution

Record Foodgrain Exports Amid hunger in India – Right to Food Campaign

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Boosting Farmer’s Income

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Protesting farmer concerns

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Farm Bills Concerns and evaluation

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Agriculture Pricing

FSSAI bans blending of mustard oil with other cooking oil

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The increasing prices of edible oil needs government intervention

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Importance of FPOs | Farmer Producer’s Organisations

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Lessons from Operation Flood for Operation Green

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Agri Inputs and Subsidies relates issues

What is Maharashtra’s “Beed model” of crop insurance?

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“State of Environment Report” says “Farmer protests” increased fivefold since 2017

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Govt Launches “Seed Minikit Programme”

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Issue of fertilizer subsidy in India – Explained, Pointwise

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Agri Allied Activities

Challenges Facing Dairy Sector in India – Explained, Pointwise

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Dairy Sector in India Needs Urgent Attention

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“Classical swine fever” vaccine and “Sheep Pox Vaccine” – Technology transfer done

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Union Minister inaugurates “e-SANTA Marketplace”

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Agri Technology

IFFCO launches world’s first “Nano Liquid Urea”

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Biodegradable “Moorhen Yoga Mat” developed from “Water Hyacinth”

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Union Minister to launch “Khadi Prakritik Paint” developed by KVIC

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Union Minister inaugurates Virtual Agri-hackathon 2020

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Food Processing Industries and reforms

“UN Food Systems Summit 2021” -India Holds National Dialogue

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Union Cabinet approves PLI Scheme for Food Processing Industry

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Rajya Sabha Passes “National Institutes of Food Technology Bill, 2019”

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QCI Launches Recognition Scheme for Hygiene Rating Audit Agencies

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AGRI REFORMS

Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM)

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Govt Launches “Seed Minikit Programme”

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Union Minister launches “Horticulture Cluster Development Programme”

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“Agriculture Infrastructure Fund” crosses Rs. 8,000 crore mark

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How to Read Agriculture for UPSC IAS

Agriculture for UPSC IAS is a diverse topic. It is part of the UPSC Mains General Studies Paper-III. Some questions related to Agriculture Technology, Schemes on Agriculture and Farmers are also asked in UPSC Prelims General Studies- Paper-I. Agriculture subject is linked with other subjects like Economy, Environment and Technology. So, students must prepare this subject by understanding each and every aspect of Agriculture and also try to corelate it with other subjects.

In this article, we will see the trend analysis of Agriculture for UPSC, overview of the Syllabus and preparation strategies for the same.

Trend analysis of the Agriculture for UPSC:

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Overview of the Syllabus of Agriculture: UPSC Mains General Studies Paper-III

SubjectSyllabus
Agriculture· 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 and Related Constraints; E-technology in the aid of farmers.

· Issues related to Direct and Indirect Farm Subsidies and Minimum Support Prices; Public Distribution System – Objectives, Functioning, Limitations, Revamping; Issues of Buffer Stocks and Food Security; Technology Missions; Economics of Animal-Rearing.

· Food Processing and Related Industries in India- Scope’ and Significance, Location, Upstream and Downstream Requirements, Supply Chain Management.

· Land Reforms in India.

Preparation Strategies for Agriculture for UPSC:

  • Read the syllabus and highlight each point:You must read the syllabus of Agriculture twice or thrice. You can highlight each point and start your preparation accordingly.
  • Read NCERT of Geography:You can start with NCERT books of Geography from Class VI to X. The topics like, cropping and its pattern in India, Land Reforms can be read from here. This will give you basic idea about it. For irrigation, you can read Environment notes of Shankar IAS.
  • Make your own notes topic and subtopic wise: the best way to prepare Agriculture for UPSC is to prepare your own notes topics wise. You can take help of standard books, newspaper, current affairs magazines, internet etc. Preparing comprehensive notes will be great.
  • Read newspaper:You must one newspaper on a daily basis. Newspaper’s articles cover Agriculture for UPSC topic in detail. Topics like Minimum Support Price, Food Processing, Food Security, e-Technology to aid farmers are given in newspaper with proper solutions and conclusion. This will give you a good lead to write good answers. You can take them down in your notes and keep revising it.
  • Read Current affairs magazine: Topics which you miss by chance in newspaper or just to cover each issue in details, you should read current affairs magazine. It is easy to revise them again and again. By referring this, you can update your notes.
  • Refer Yojana and Kurukshetra: These magazines sometimes cover farmers issues in details. Welfare schemes for farmers, e-technology, food security, changing cropping patters in India etc. Get covered in these magazines. Kurukshetra mostly cover issues related to Agriculture. You can read them once and take down important points in your notes.
  • Update notes:By reading multiple current affairs sources and taking down important points from the, can make your notes more comprehensive. If you will keep updating you notes, at the end you just need to go through your notes and revise them multiple times rather than referring multiple sources.
  • Refer past year question papers and write answer on them:You can write answers on past years’ questions. Initial one-two answers you can write by referring multiple sources, and later on, you must try to write them by your own.
  • Write answers on practice questions:You should also practice daily answer writing for Mains. Writing answers on practice questions will help you.
  • Revise:Revision is the key to success for every exam. And when it comes to UPSC, you don’t have other options except to revise. Revision will help you to prepare a blueprint in your mind of each topic you have prepared.