[UPSC Interview 2020] – Transcript #194 : Sujata Mehta Board, Rajasthan Home State, Agriculture Optional, Traveling, teaching Hobby

Date of Interview: 15th September Board: Sujata Mehta Optional: Agriculture Home State: Rajasthan Hobby: Traveling, teaching. To view all IAS Interview Transcripts 2020, visit this page Chairman Briefly tell me about your education and work experience? Why did you leave the job? Are you a big gambler? Have you experienced corruption in your interaction with govt… Continue reading [UPSC Interview 2020] – Transcript #194 : Sujata Mehta Board, Rajasthan Home State, Agriculture Optional, Traveling, teaching Hobby

Relation between Agri exports and water stress – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction Central Water Commission of India has reported that about 78% of water consumption in India is done by the agricultural sector. For 2020-21, India registered a growth of 17.34 percent in agricultural exports. But, we failed to look beyond the growth in agricultural exports. Agricultural exports deplete an equivalent amount of irrigation water permanently… Continue reading Relation between Agri exports and water stress – Explained, Pointwise

World’s first GM rubber sapling planted in Assam

What is the News?  Rubber Board has planted the world’s first genetically modified (GM) rubber at its Sarutari research farm in Guwahati, Assam.  About GM Rubber Crop:  GM Rubber Crop has been developed at the Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) in Kerala.  How was GM Rubber developed?  GM rubber was developed by inserting the MnSOD (manganese containing superoxide dismutase) gene which was taken from… Continue reading World’s first GM rubber sapling planted in Assam

Bt Cotton adoption in Punjab has resulted in net economic, environmental benefits: Study

Context: Bt cotton’s positive and negative impacts, a recent study titled ‘Long-term impact of Bt cotton: An empirical evidence from North India’ has said its adoption in Punjab in the past over a decade has resulted in net economic and environmental benefits.  Bt Cotton in India  Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) cotton has been commercially grown in India for the past 19 years. The Genetic… Continue reading Bt Cotton adoption in Punjab has resulted in net economic, environmental benefits: Study

Cabinet amends Essential Commodities Act, approves ordinance to ease barrier-free trade

News: Cabinet has approved three separate ordinances to push agriculture marketing and commodities trade reforms in the country. Facts: Amendments to Essential Commodities Act(1955): Aim: To deregulate the commodities such as cereals, edible oils, oilseeds, pulses, onions and potatoes.  Any limits under ECA over these commodities will be imposed only in exceptional circumstances such as… Continue reading Cabinet amends Essential Commodities Act, approves ordinance to ease barrier-free trade

Agriculture minister joins G-20 meet over

News:Union Agriculture Minister participated in an virtual meeting of G-20 Agriculture Ministers which was organised by the Saudi Presidency Facts: The meeting sought to address the issue of Covid-19 impacts on food security, safety and nutrition. Highlights of the meet: No export restrictions or high taxes on food and agricultural products purchased by the World… Continue reading Agriculture minister joins G-20 meet over

Integrated Project for Source Sustainability and Climate Resilient Rain-Fed Agriculture

News:The Government of India, Himachal Pradesh and World Bank has signed a US$80 million loan agreement to implement Integrated Project for Source Sustainability and Climate Resilient Rain-Fed Agriculture in Himachal Pradesh. Facts: About the Project: Aim:To improve water management practices and increase agricultural productivity in selected Gram Panchayats in Himachal Pradesh. Additional information: Other World… Continue reading Integrated Project for Source Sustainability and Climate Resilient Rain-Fed Agriculture

Budget 2020: Govt unveils 16-point action plan to revive agricultural sector

News:Union Finance minister has proposed 16 action points focusing on doubling Farmers income, Horticulture sector, Food storage, Animal Husbandry and Blue economy. Facts: About 16 point Action Plan:The key highlight of the 16-point action plan includes: Help 20 lakh farmers setup standalone solar pumps under PM-KUSUM scheme. Artificial insemination to be increased to 70% from… Continue reading Budget 2020: Govt unveils 16-point action plan to revive agricultural sector

Hydroponics may provide better agriculture solutions

News:Council of Scientific and Industrial Research- Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (CSIR-IHBT) is developing low cost hydroponics system. Facts: About Hydroponics: Hydroponics is the technique of growing plants without soil by using water solvent which consists of mineral nutrients. Hydroponic systems are engineered as a highly space and resource efficient form of farming and represent… Continue reading Hydroponics may provide better agriculture solutions

CMs’ panel mulls move to tie State farm reforms to funds

The Central government had set up a high powered committee of seven chief ministers led by Maharashtra’s CM as its convenor.The panel has discussed various measures to transform Indian agriculture and raise farmers’ income. The panel has said since agriculture is a State subject,all the States must be brought on board for time-bound reforms in… Continue reading CMs’ panel mulls move to tie State farm reforms to funds