Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM)

What is the News? The Government of India released funds for various activities to empower Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanization(SMAM). Various activities include the establishment of Custom Hiring Centres, Farm Machinery Bank and distribution of various agricultural machinery to different states. Note: Agriculture mechanization is the process of replacing human and animal labour with machines in the… Continue reading Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM)

Govt Launches “Seed Minikit Programme”

What is the News? The Ministry of Agriculture has launched the Seed Minikit Programme. About Seed Minikit Programme: Seed Minikit Programme aims to distribute high yielding varieties of seeds of pulses and oilseeds to farmers. Nodal Agencies: The seed mini-kits are being provided by the following central agencies – National Seeds Corporation(NCS) NAFED Gujarat State… Continue reading Govt Launches “Seed Minikit Programme”

Union Minister launches “Horticulture Cluster Development Programme”

What is the News? The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has launched the Horticulture Cluster Development Programme(CDP). About Horticulture Cluster Development Programme(CDP): Horticulture Cluster Development Programme(CDP) aims at growing and developing identified horticulture clusters to make them globally competitive. A cluster is a group of enterprises. They are located within an identifiable and, as… Continue reading Union Minister launches “Horticulture Cluster Development Programme”

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

What is the News? After receiving around 8,665 applications worth Rs. 8,216 core Agriculture Infrastructure Fund(AIF) has crossed the Rs.8000 crore mark. Sectors: The largest share of the fund has gone to Primary Agricultural Credit Societies (PACS) (58%). This is followed by agri-entrepreneurs (24%) and individual farmers (13%). States: Andhra Pradesh has received the highest… Continue reading “Agriculture Infrastructure Fund” crosses Rs. 8,000 crore mark

Need of State Support for Agricultural development

Synopsis: The current situation of the agricultural sector demands state support to tackle future challenges. This will ensure sustainable benefits for both – farmers and consumers. Background: Countries across the globe are focusing on the gradual reduction of state’s role in almost every sector (including agriculture). Their objective is to bring greater economic development. In India,… Continue reading Need of State Support for Agricultural development

Government should initiate steps to make Agriculture remunerative

Synopsis: Government should avoid handing over India’s agriculture to agribusiness companies. Instead, it should take steps to make agriculture remunerative. Development of Agriculture during the green revolution period During the mid-1960s, the green revolution resulted in increased productivity in India and, especially, Punjab. Further, the growth in agriculture was aided by public investment in irrigation… Continue reading Government should initiate steps to make Agriculture remunerative

Why India Needs a Strong Regulatory Framework for Agriculture?

Synopsis: There is a need for developing a strong regulatory framework to promote India’s agricultural growth. Introduction  The farmers in the country face various constraints such as accessing agricultural inputs, markets, finance, human resources, and information. All these factors are critical for increasing farmers’ competitiveness. The existing institutional structure controlling farm production fails to handle… Continue reading Why India Needs a Strong Regulatory Framework for Agriculture?

Lessons from Operation Flood for Operation Green

Synopsis: A closer inspection of the Operation Green scheme shows that the scheme is nowhere near achieving its objectives. Introduction  The Finance Minister during budget presentations announced the expansion of Operation Green (OG). It will be expanded beyond tomatoes, onions, and potatoes to 22 perishable commodities.  Operation Green was launched in 2018 with three basic… Continue reading Lessons from Operation Flood for Operation Green

“First Trade Minimum Price” (FTMP): A model to increase farmer’s income

Synopsis: Industrial revolution 4.0, will reduce employment opportunity. The “First Trade Minimum Price” model can be used for increasing farmer’s income. How Industrial Revolutions are changing employment dynamics? The subsequent three Industrial revolutions reduced the dominance of the agriculture sector. They made the service and manufacturing sector dominant. This helped the agrarian workforce to shift… Continue reading “First Trade Minimum Price” (FTMP): A model to increase farmer’s income

Arka Vyapar App to connect farmers with market

What is the News? Indian Institute of Horticultural Research(IIHR) has launched an app called Arka Vyapar App. About Arka Vyapar App: The app aims to connect farmers with traders. It will help farmers get the best available prices for their products. How the app would work? The app would have details of farmers and traders… Continue reading Arka Vyapar App to connect farmers with market