Agriculture, Agro Industry, & Allied Activities: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles 2021 (Including PIB)- Download PDF

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  • Mar 10, 2021
  • 1 Agriculture Changes (DTE 16-31 October 2020) [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Down-to-Earth ]

    Agriculture Changes

    • Farmers՚ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, allows the sale of agricultural produce outside the mandis or markets regulated by the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs) & constituted by different state legislations
    • Fa…

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  • 2 Farmers (DTE 15-31 September 2020) [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Down-to-Earth ]

    Farmers

    Overview

    • Low farm income - farm-level risks vis-à-vis crop losses (or output reduction) due to weather variation, pest infestation, animal attacks and crop price volatility
    • Decline in its contribution to India՚s GDP - 51 per cent in 1950 - 51 to 15 per c…

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  • 3 Kashmir (DTE 15-31 September 2020) [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Down-to-Earth ]

    Kashmir

    • Limited usable land due to mountainous terrain
    • karewas (fertile hilly land lacustrine in nature) are suitable for agriculture
    • 100 fastest urbanizing area – Srinagar with annual growth rate of 2.5 % .
    • Wetlands are turning to waste bodies.

    Overview

    • During the lockdown, they start…

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  • 4 FSSAI to Expand Food Safety Compliance Online Platform [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    FSSAI to Expand Food Safety Compliance Online Platform

    • The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is ready to launch its cloud based and upgraded food safety compliance online platform across the country from November 1.
    • It will serve as a single regulatory platform, …

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  • 5 Greenfield Smelter in Gujarat [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Greenfield Smelter in Gujarat

    • Gujarat state government has signed a pact with Vedanta Group firm Hindustan Zinc Ltd (HZL) to set up a greenfield zinc smelter in the state.
    • ₹ 5000 - 10,000 crore will be invested by this facility in phases.
    • It will create more than 5,000 direct and in…

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  • Jan 21, 2021
  • 1 CCI Looks to Boost Cotton Exports to Bangladesh- Vietnam [ International Relations/Organizations, Agriculture/Agro Industries ]

    CCI Looks to Boost Cotton Exports to Bangladesh- Vietnam

    • The Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) is trying to spice up exports of the fiber crop.
    • An MoU is being labored out to export 1.5 - 2 million bales of cotton to Bangladesh.
    • The state run CCI many also arrange its personal wareh…

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  • 2 Pesticide Management Bill 2020 [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Bills, Committees/Govt. Bodies, Down-to-Earth ]

    Pesticide Management Bill 2020

    • The proposed Pesticides Management Bill, 2020 aims to replace the Insecticides Act, 1968.

    • The legislation is riddled with lacunae and requires in-depth deliberations by a Select Committee of Parliament before it can come into effect.

    • Bharat Krishak Sam…

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  • 3 Online Policy Roundtable on Data Empowerment and Protection Architecture [ Economy, Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Online Policy Roundtable on Data Empowerment and Protection Architecture

    • Recently, during an online policy roundtable NASSCOM interacted with the industry.
    • The roundtable discussed NITI Aayog՚s draft discussion paper on Data Empowerment and Protection Architecture (DEPA) .
    • The round…

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  • 4 NDDB Signs MoU with Ladakh to Promote Dairying and Rural Livelihoods [ Economy, Agriculture/Agro Industries ]

    NDDB Signs MoU with Ladakh to Promote Dairying and Rural Livelihoods

    • NDDB has signed MoU with Ladakh to promote dairying and rural livelihoods.
    • The MoU has been signed with a view to promote dairying and rural livelihoods in the Union Territory of Ladakh.
    • As per the MoU, a benchmark…

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  • 5 Ayushman Sahakar [ Economy, Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Ayushman Sahakar

    • The scheme Ayushman Sahakar has been Launched recently.
    • It is a scheme to assist cooperatives play an important role in creation of healthcare infrastructure in the country.
    • It has been launched by National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) ,
    • NCDC is an auto…

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  • 6 Life in Miniature Project [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Culture ]

    Life in Miniature Project

    • Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism virtually launched “Life in miniature” project.
    • It has been launched in collaboration between the National Museum, New Delhi, Ministry of Culture and Google Arts and Culture.

    Signifi…

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  • 7 Digital Seva Setu Programme for Rural Areas [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Digital Seva Setu Programme for Rural Areas

    • On October 8,2020, the Gujarat government launched phase 1 of the ‘Digital Seva Setu’ programme for the rural areas.
    • Under this programme, the public welfare services will be available for the citizens at the gram offices in each panchaya…

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  • Dec 24, 2020
  • 1 Covid Impact – GDP Loss: (DTE 1-15 September 2020) [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Down-to-Earth ]

    Covid Impact – GDP Loss

    Overview

    • Maharashtra will contribute 14 per cent of the country՚s total GDP loss, Goa will witness the maximum per capita loss of over ₹ 1,00, 000. In Delhi, the per capita loss will be close to ₹ 90,000.
    • Ethiopia, which introduced a lo…

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  • 2 Sustainable Crop Production: (Kurukshetra September 2020) [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Kurukshetra ]

    Sustainable Crop Production

    • Agriculture contributes to 17 % GDP.
    • India is largest producer (25 %) , consumer (27 %) and importer (14 %) of pulses.
    • India is largest producer of jute, second largest of rice, wheat, sugarcane, cotton, groundnuts, second largest producer of fruits and v…

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  • 3 Smart Agriculture: (Kurukshetra September 2020) [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Kurukshetra ]

    Smart Agriculture

    • Increase agricultural production by 2050 to 60 % to satisfy expected demands of food and fuel
    • Use GIS, GPS, and remote sensing for precision agriculture
    • Innovations: precision in seed sowing (correct depth and appropriate distance) – combine geo map and sensor data…

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  • Dec 23, 2020
  • 1 Rule of Law: (Yojana September 2020) [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Yojana ]

    Rule of Law

    • Law embedded within society
    • Vehicle for social engineering and orderly functioning
    • Peace, order, justice, and equality
    • Instrument of change
    • Establish authority and power
    • Procedural tools for accountability and resolving disputes
    • Disobedience to law leads to corruption
    • Transpa…

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  • 2 Corporate Ethics: (Yojana September 2020) [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Yojana ]

    Corporate Ethics

    Learning at mother՚s feet – learning and values instilled in the formative years shape the character and help form a personality and discern between right and wrong.

    Honesty, Integrity, Moral Code of Conduct

    • Businessman – must not cheat customer with…

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  • 3 Gandhian Ethics: (Yojana September 2020) [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Yojana ]

    Gandhian Ethics

    Overview

    • Relation b/w spiritual and material & ethical and moral – 21 years in South Africa & 32 years of campaign
    • Truth beyond all we perceive & hold to be true
    • Science is truth seeking – Experiments with Truth
    • He changed views from God is Truth to Trut…

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  • 4 Accountability: (Yojana September 2020) [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Yojana ]

    • Process and norms that make decision makers answerable to ones for whom decision are taken – not based on hierarchy
    • Answerable component to justify action and enforce it

    Improve Confidence of Public

    • Feedback b/w government and citizens
    • External accountabil…

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  • 5 Information Sharing: (Yojana September 2020) [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Yojana ]

    Information Sharing

    Overview

    • Results in Karimnagar Telangana improved with the same.
    • Invest India by Business Immunity Platform designed resource to help businesses get real time update on COVID-19.
    • RTI – any citizen may request information from public authority an…

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  • Dec 22, 2020
  • 1 Agricultural Trade Exports and Imports: (Kurukshetra September 2020) [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Kurukshetra ]

    Agricultural Trade Exports

    • WTO forecasted that 2020 trade will be low by 13 to 32 % due to pandemic
    • 10 % of global agricultural trade at $ 19.67 trillion -17 % gross value added, 40 % employment and 11 % India՚s trade
    • India is 8th largest exporter of agricu…

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  • 2 Agricultural Research and Challenges: (Kurukshetra September 2020) [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Kurukshetra ]

    Agricultural Research

    • A recently released book entitled Supporting Indian Forms the Smart Way shows that every rupee spent o…

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  • 3 NABARD: (Kurukshetra September 2020) [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Kurukshetra ]

    NABARD

    Overview

    The water productivity has been analyzed from three broad perspectives namely, Physical water productivity (crop output per unit of total consumptive water used (TCWU) ) , Irrigation water productivity (crop output per unit of irrigation water applie…

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  • 4 Independence Day Highlights and Integrity: (Yojana September 2020) [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Yojana ]

    Independence Day Highlights

  • 5 National Education Policy: (Yojana September 2020) [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Yojana ]

    Focus on co-curricular and extra-curricular activities

    Integrate Sports and Arts

    • Book Fuzzy and The Techie by Scott Hartley – innovation not only by technology but social scientists also
    • 4-year integrated Bed – strengthen Teacher Eligibility Test (TET)
    • Merit …

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  • 6 GIS: (Yojana September 2020) [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Yojana ]

    GIS

    Overview

    • Entire GIS mapping for land bank information portal by BISAG, Gandhinagar & MeITY
    • GIS based information for industrial cluster – land based on plot size, connectivity, raw material, and sectoral clusters
    • Impetus on National Single Window Clearance system…

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  • 7 Citizen’S Charter and Corruption: (Yojana September 2020) [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Yojana ]

    Citizen՚s Charter

  • 8 Ethics in Journalism: (Yojana September 2020) [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Yojana ]

    Ethics in Journalism

    Overview

    • Principles, standards, guidelines, and code of conduct – deals with conduct, behavior, and character
    • Yellow Journalism – late 19th & early 20th century – biased, sensational, and manipulating or distorting news with exaggerated headl…

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  • Dec 22, 2020
  • 1 Media Governance and Public Funding of Elections: (Yojana September 2020) [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Yojana ]

    Media Governance

    • 24/7 news channel, English & regional newspaper, social media, platform-based economy, advancement in digitization – regulatory conditions for decision making
    • Media being guided towards strategic neglect framework
    • Absence of streamlined protocols – those who are hea…

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  • Dec 19, 2020
  • 1 Changing Workforce: (DTE 1-15 September 2020) [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Down-to-Earth ]

    Changing Workforce

    • 30 million households have asked for employment for three consecutive months.
    • MGNREGA aims to enhance the livelihood security of rural households by guaranteeing them “100 days of unskilled manual work” every financial year. At least 75 per cent…

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