What true MSP means

News: Farms laws have been repealed by the Govt. Further, it has also conceded to the demand of the unions to set up a committee to ensure minimum support prices (MSP) for all farmers along with other assurances. Amongst them, perhaps the most controversial and ambiguous is the demand for a guarantee of MSP. As… Continue reading What true MSP means

A white touch to a refreshed green revolution

News: 26th Nov, 2021 was celebrated in Anand, Gujarat as the 100th birth anniversary of Verghese Kurien, the leader of India’s ‘white revolution’. The white revolution resulted in increased incomes and the wealth of millions of cattle-owning small farmers in India, many of them women. The Amul model, of a socio-economic enterprise, also has an… Continue reading A white touch to a refreshed green revolution

NITI Aayog organises knowledge sharing workshop on Natural Farming

What is the News? Niti Aayog has organized a knowledge-sharing workshop on Natural Farming. What is Natural Farming? Natural Farming can be defined as “chemical-free farming and livestock-based”. It is a diversified farming system that integrates crops, trees and livestock, allowing the optimum use of functional biodiversity.  Natural Farming has many indigenous forms in India, the… Continue reading NITI Aayog organises knowledge sharing workshop on Natural Farming

Shielding farm sector from climate change

News: Climatic anomalies affect agriculture directly. Hence, there is a need for effective strategy to protect agriculture from its ill effects. Changes in the intensity, frequency, and seasonality of climate patterns, extreme weather events, rainfall pattern and river flows etc. are likely to impact agriculture sector. How would climate change affect the farm sector? The… Continue reading Shielding farm sector from climate change

Govt sets up ‘war room’ on movement of fertilisers

What is the News? The Department of Fertilizers under the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers has set up a war room on the movement of fertilizers. What is the issue? The international prices of fertilisers and inputs have increased to their highest since 2008-09. Due to this, there is an unprecedented shortage of fertilisers both… Continue reading Govt sets up ‘war room’ on movement of fertilisers

India’s pulses problem: We need real reform

Synopsis: Some inherent flaws in MSP system and what the government needs to do to address them. Introduction India is the largest producer and consumer of pulses in the world. However, we consume more than what we produce. Therefore, pulses are imported, and the general public suffers due to the unusually high prices. The main… Continue reading India’s pulses problem: We need real reform

Digitisation of farm data needs awareness

Synopsis: Digitisation of data relating to farmers, and how private participation can strengthen agriculture. Introduction Government recently roped in corporate houses on a pro-bono (free of charge) basis in select areas for one year for digitisation of data related to Indian agriculture. These would be scaled up if found useful. A ‘Digital Agricultural Mission‘ has… Continue reading Digitisation of farm data needs awareness

Our farm income and nutrition challenge amid climate change

Synopsis: Need and ways to scale up sustainable agriculture’ practices (SAP’s). Introduction The global climate change negotiations at ‘CoP-26’ of ‘UNFCCC’ is scheduled for last October. It is in this context, the role of agriculture in environmental degradation and vulnerability of farmers needs to be seen. What are the vulnerabilities of Indian farmers due to climate… Continue reading Our farm income and nutrition challenge amid climate change

Sowing better to eat better

Synopsis: Understanding the new challenges plaguing the agricultural system and remedies needed.  Introduction  The health of a country’s agri-food systems determine the health of its people. Findings from the first round of the 5th “National Family Health Survey” suggest that nutrition related indicators have worsened in most States. The survey covers 17 States and five Union Territories, which comprise 54% of India’s population. … Continue reading Sowing better to eat better

Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Dr. L. Murugan inaugurates RAS established under PMMSY at Awantipor

What is the News? Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying has inaugurated the Recirculatory Aquaculture Systems (RAS) technology for the culture of rainbow trout in the private sector under Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana(PMMSY) What is Recirculatory Aquaculture System(RAS) Technology? This method is used for high- density culture of various species of fish,… Continue reading Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Dr. L. Murugan inaugurates RAS established under PMMSY at Awantipor

Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, launches a nationwide River Ranching Programme 

What is the news?  The Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying has launched a national level River Ranching program in UP.   At the same time, other 4 states namely, Uttarakhand, Orissa, Tripura and Chhattisgarh also participated nationwide River Ranching program launching.  What is river ranching? River ranching is a form of aquaculture in which a population of a fish species is… Continue reading Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, launches a nationwide River Ranching Programme 

The farmers’ movement is no longer about the three controversial farm laws

Synopsis: Despite the Supreme Court issuing a stay on the controversial farm laws passed by the govt, the protests which started against them, have carried on. They are now less about the farm laws but more about the issues and problems being faced by our farmers since long. A brief look at some of these… Continue reading The farmers’ movement is no longer about the three controversial farm laws

Seeding a data revolution in Indian agriculture

Synopsis: Two consultation paper, one by the Ministry of Agriculture and the other by Bain were released recently. They both talk about leveraging digital technology for helping farmers and supporting their livelihoods. Introduction The first consultation paper is on the India Digital Ecosystem of Agriculture (IDEA) from the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare (MoA&FW). It talks… Continue reading Seeding a data revolution in Indian agriculture

The future of vertical farming is brighter than once thought

Synopsis: The concept of vertical farming can fix several problems faced by conventional farms. Introduction AeroFarms is going to be the first vertical-farming startup to be listed on the Nasdaq in the next month after it completes a merger with Spring Valley Acquisition Corp. What is Vertical farming? It is a system for growing food… Continue reading The future of vertical farming is brighter than once thought

Revealing India’s actual farmer population

Synopsis: Various surveys put the total number of agricultural households at a different number. The actual number of farmers deriving a significant share of their income from agriculture only is far less and this has policy implications. Introduction The last Agriculture Census for 2015-16 placed the total “operational holdings” in India at 146.45 million. The… Continue reading Revealing India’s actual farmer population

Staggered pricing: On cane pricing

Synopsis: The Government should avoid populist measures in cane pricing. Introduction Recently, Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) suggested to pay sugarcane prices to farmers in tranches and stop reserving cane areas for sugar mills. It has pros and cons that need to be weighed carefully. What are the other key suggestions given by… Continue reading Staggered pricing: On cane pricing

Challenges like climate change call for farm research to take centre stage, just like during the Green Revolution

Synopsis: Agriculture and climate change are too important at present. So, research should take centre stage and Agriculture has to be left only to generalist bureaucrats, economists and activists. Introduction Recently, the Prime Minister has launched 35 different crop varieties with special traits. These Crop Varieties have been developed by the Indian Council of Agricultural… Continue reading Challenges like climate change call for farm research to take centre stage, just like during the Green Revolution

Ten months on, what lessons have we learnt from the farmers’ movement?

Synopsis: Farmer movement strengthened a new coalition of different interest groups and challenged the hegemony of agri-business. Introduction The article highlights the nature of ongoing farmer protests which was held against the three farm acts passed by the government. It dismisses the Marxian Maxism view which discussed the capacity of mobilization. Farmer movements instead combined… Continue reading Ten months on, what lessons have we learnt from the farmers’ movement?

PM dedicates to the Nation 35 crop varieties with special traits

What is the News? The Prime Minister has launched 35 different crop varieties with special traits. What are these Crop Varieties Launched? These Crop Varieties have been developed by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to address the twin challenges of climate change and malnutrition. Some of the crop varieties launched include a drought-tolerant… Continue reading PM dedicates to the Nation 35 crop varieties with special traits

Revitalising PM-KUSUM

Synopsis: There is a need to unlock the PM KUSUM scheme promises in many ways. Introduction  The Union Minister of Power, New and Renewable Energy recently reviewed the progress of the PM-KUSUM scheme and reaffirmed the government’s commitment to accelerating solar pump adoption.  About the PM – KUSUM Scheme  Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-Kusum) scheme was… Continue reading Revitalising PM-KUSUM

NCW Launches Country-Wide Training & Capacity Building Program For Women In Dairy Farming

What is the News? The National Commission for Women(NCW) has launched a countrywide training and capacity building programme for women in dairy farming. What is the objective of the programme? The programme aims to empower women and help them achieve financial independence by training them in the quality enhancement of dairy products. As part of… Continue reading NCW Launches Country-Wide Training & Capacity Building Program For Women In Dairy Farming

The state of agriculture in India is only going from bad to worse

Synopsis: Our agricultural sector has been in a state of perpetual decline after 2012-13 and is reeling under such shocks as back-to-back droughts, demonetization and the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest Situation Assessment Survey adds to findings that reveal worsening agrarian distress. Introduction Recently, the National Statistical Office released the Situation Assessment Survey (SAS) of agricultural… Continue reading The state of agriculture in India is only going from bad to worse

Changing the agri exports basket

Synopsis: India has the potential to become a global leader in the food processing sector, by making changes to Agri export basket. Introduction The Indian government has been encouraging agricultural exports to meet an ambitious target of $60bn by 2022. What is the current scenario of agriculture? Growing exports: The Ministry of Food Processing Industries… Continue reading Changing the agri exports basket

India must shed obsession with ‘marginal farmers’. Their future lies outside farms — in dairy, poultry, food retail

Synopsis: Farming is best left to those who can do it well. Better fewer, but better. Introduction Recently National Statistical Office (NSO) Situation Assessment of Agricultural Households report was released. It throws up interesting data which can also be used to guide the agriculture policies for the future. What are the key findings of the Survey?… Continue reading India must shed obsession with ‘marginal farmers’. Their future lies outside farms — in dairy, poultry, food retail

On Prime Minister’s birthday, KVIC launches series of schemes to empower artisans in Varanasi

What is the News? Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has launched a Scheme called SPIN (Strengthening the Potential of India). It has also set up a pottery cluster under SFURTI Scheme. What is the SPIN Scheme? The scheme is aimed at bringing self-sustainability in the Indian pottery sector. Under the scheme, KVIC will facilitate the registered… Continue reading On Prime Minister’s birthday, KVIC launches series of schemes to empower artisans in Varanasi

A new method developed to convert poultry feather & wool waste to animal feed & fertilizer

What is the News? Scientists from the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) have developed an innovative way to convert keratin waste into fertiliser and animal feeds. What is Keratin Waste? Keratin waste is generated from human hair, poultry feather waste and wool. India generates a huge amount of keratin waste each year.  These wastes… Continue reading A new method developed to convert poultry feather & wool waste to animal feed & fertilizer

Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers welfare signs 5 MOUs with private companies for taking forward Digital Agriculture

What is the News? Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has signed five Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with private corporations to advance digital agriculture. What is Digital Agriculture? Digital agriculture is the use of new and advanced technologies, integrated into one system, to enable farmers and other stakeholders within the agriculture value chain to… Continue reading Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers welfare signs 5 MOUs with private companies for taking forward Digital Agriculture

Organic farming should never be turned into an article of faith

Synopsis: Policies that respect the farmer’s economic freedom offer the best route to sustainable agriculture. Introduction Recently, the Srilankan government imposed a state of emergency in Sri Lanka after its mismanaged response to the foreign exchange crisis cascaded into food shortages. The Sri Lankan government had imposed a range of import controls earlier this year.… Continue reading Organic farming should never be turned into an article of faith

Centre Revises “Transport and Marketing Assistance” (TMA) scheme for Specified Agriculture Products’

What is the News? The Centre has revised the “Transport and Marketing Assistance” (TMA) scheme for Specified Agriculture Products’. About Transport and Marketing Assistance(TMA) for Specified Agriculture Products Scheme Launched by: Ministry of Commerce & Industry in 2019. The objective of the Scheme: The scheme aims to provide assistance for the international component of freight… Continue reading Centre Revises “Transport and Marketing Assistance” (TMA) scheme for Specified Agriculture Products’

How India’s food systems must respond to the climate crisis

Synopsis: India’s food system requires reforms, to make more sustainable and inclusive. Introduction UN Secretary-General will soon convene the Food Systems Summit with an aim to transform the global food systems. The objective will be to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. There are five action tracks to achieve the objectives. What are… Continue reading How India’s food systems must respond to the climate crisis

Niti Aayog Launches India’s First MBA Programme in Agripreneurship and Value Chain Management Offered by IIS

What is the News? NITI Aayog and the Indian Institute of Sustainability of Gujarat University have signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) to launch an MBA programme in agripreneurship and value chain management. About MBA Programme in Agripreneurship and Value Chain Management It is a uniquely designed course that will provide global exposure to students… Continue reading Niti Aayog Launches India’s First MBA Programme in Agripreneurship and Value Chain Management Offered by IIS

Drone use, satellite imagery for agriculture insurance may be a must

What is the news? Govt, IRDAI are considering using artificial intelligence to control fraud claims, cut delays in settlement. Pilot studies have been undertaken for estimation of yield at the gram panchayat level by using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, among others. What is being planned? Use of drones… Continue reading Drone use, satellite imagery for agriculture insurance may be a must

Chief Ministers Conference on initiatives and schemes for farmers welfare

What is the News? The Union Agriculture Minister has addressed the Chief Minister’s Conference on initiatives and schemes for farmers welfare. The objective of the Conference To highlight the salient features of Atma Nirbhar Krishi and to enable States to enhance farmers income. It was also an occasion to share innovative initiatives undertaken by the… Continue reading Chief Ministers Conference on initiatives and schemes for farmers welfare

Why agrarian reforms should go beyond meeting demands of the agitating farmers

Source: Indian Express Relevance: To understand the land reforms Synopsis: The land reforms of 50’s and 60’s have been inadequate in addressing the inequity in land ownership. Thus, new agricultural reforms should be targeted on land reforms. Introduction The government brought farms laws in 2020 and ever since then farmer’s protests and agitations have been going… Continue reading Why agrarian reforms should go beyond meeting demands of the agitating farmers

Organic and conservation farming boost multifunctionality of ecosystems: Study

Source: Down to Earth What is the news? A recent study has found that the organic and conservation farming has the potential to boost multiple functions of an ecosystem.  About the study: The study assessed the overall performance of important cropping systems in Europe within adapted ecosystem services and using the ecosystem multifunctionality (the ability of… Continue reading Organic and conservation farming boost multifunctionality of ecosystems: Study

The lure of 10 million jobs a year (On agri sector)

Source: Down to Earth Relevance: issues with creation of employment opportunities in farm sector Synopsis: There is a question over capacity of Agriculture sector to absorb more workforce in India. As per the latest data of the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) increasing number of people are joining agriculture for employment, in a shift… Continue reading The lure of 10 million jobs a year (On agri sector)

Private insurance companies benefited the most from PM Fasal Bima Yojana: Report

Source: Down to Earth What is the news? Under the flagship scheme for crop insurance PMFBY, it is the private insurance companies that have benefited the most than the public insurance companies. Context The Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (crop insurance scheme) may have benefited some farmers, but insurance companies have made most of the… Continue reading Private insurance companies benefited the most from PM Fasal Bima Yojana: Report

Panel ‘disappointed’ about no data on complaints resolved under PMFBY

Source: Down to Earth Relevance: Issues with PMFBY Synopsis: Grievance redressal mechanism set up under PMFBY suffers from various issues, thus impairing the overall efficiency of the scheme. A look at the issues involved and measures that can be taken. Context The parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture was ‘surprised and disappointed’ to know that there… Continue reading Panel ‘disappointed’ about no data on complaints resolved under PMFBY

Parliamentary panel flags Fasal Bima plan woes

Source: Times of India Relevance: Analysis of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Beema Yojana (PMFBY). Synopsis: Issues with PMFBY and recommendations to make it more efficient. Context A parliamentary panel has expressed concerns over withdrawal or non-implementation of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Beema Yojana (PMFBY) in few states and held that more such examples will defeat the very… Continue reading Parliamentary panel flags Fasal Bima plan woes

Increasing Cooperative Activities in Agriculture Sector

Source: PIB What is the News? The Minister of State for Cooperation has informed Rajya Sabha about the Central Sector Integrated Scheme on Agricultural Cooperation (CSISAC) scheme. About Central Sector Integrated Scheme on Agricultural Cooperation (CSISAC) scheme: CSISAC scheme is the result of a merger of two erstwhile schemes of 11th Five-Year Plan viz;  Restructured… Continue reading Increasing Cooperative Activities in Agriculture Sector