NATIONAL WATER INFORMATICS CENTRE (NWIC)

Recently, the Union Ministry of Water Resources created the National Water Informatics Centre (NWIC). About: NWIC would be a repository of nation-wide water resources data. It is expected to provide a ‘Single Window’ source of updated data on water resources & allied themes. It would work as a Subordinate Office under Ministry of Water Resources,…

MICRO IRRIGATION FUND (MIF)

In May 2018, Union Cabinet approved an initial Corpus of Rs.5,000 crore for setting up of a dedicated “Micro Irrigation Fund” (MIF). About: The fund will be setup with NABARD under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY). Details: The allocation of Rs. 2,000 crores and Rs. 3,000 crores will be utilised during 2018-19 and 2019-20…

TEA DEVELOPMENT AND PROMOTION SCHEME

In May 2018, Union Government approved Indian Tea Board’s (ITB) proposed “Tea Development and Promotion” scheme with a planned outlay of around Rs. 400 crore. Components: ‘Development’ component: It involves increasing field productivity and quality of tea by encouraging replantation, replacement planting, improved irrigation and mechanization. ‘Promotion’ component: It involves better showcasing of India’s diversified…

Krishonnati Yojana

KRISHONNATI YOJANA- Recently, Union Cabinet approved the continuation of Umbrella Scheme, “Green Revolution – Krishonnati Yojana” in agriculture sector beyond 12th Five Year Plan for the period from 2017-18 to 2019-20. About: • Background: All these schemes/missions were approved independently as separate scheme/mission. In 2017-18, it was decided to club all these schemes / missions under one umbrella scheme ‘Green Revolution –…

NATIONAL BAMBOO MISSION (NBM)

NATIONAL BAMBOO MISSION (NBM) In April 2018, Union Cabinet approved the restructured National Bamboo Mission (NBM) under National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA) for implementation during the remaining period of Fourteenth Finance Commission (2018-19 & 2019-20). Background: • National Bamboo Mission (NBM) started as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme in 2006-07, was mainly emphasizing on propagation and cultivation of bamboo,…

Model Contract Farming Act, 2018

MODEL CONTRACT FARMING ACT, 2018 In May 2018, Union Agriculture Minister released the final version of the Model Agriculture Produce and Livestock Contract Farming and Services (Promotion & Facilitation) Act, 2018. Background: • Meaning: The concept of Contract Farming (CF) refers to a system of farming, in which bulk purchasers including agroprocessing/exporting or trading units enter into a contract with…

Current Affairs – June (Environment and Biodiversity)

BLACKBUCK was under Current Affairs in April 2018, When Bollywood actor Salman Khan was Given 5 Years’ Jail by trial court for Shooting Blackbucks, a Schedule-I animal under the Wildlife Protection Act, at Kankani village in 1998. About: • Nomenclature: The blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra), also known as the Indian antelope. • Genus: The blackbuck is the…