Budget 2019

Budget 2019

The Constitution, under Article 112, refers to the Budget in India as the ‘annual financial statement’. In other words, the term ‘budget’ has nowhere been used in the Constitution. The budget is a statement of the estimated receipts and expenditure of the Government of India in a financial year, which begins on 1 April and…

The Global Nutrition Report 2018

The Global Nutrition Report 2018

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) released the Global Nutrition Report 2018, highlighting the poor status of nutrition in India. About: “Hunger is quiet violence” — Amratya Sen Findings of the Report: • With 46.6 million children who are stunted, India holds almost a third of the world’s burden for stunting. • India also accounted…

ENSURE Portal

ENSURE Portal

An online portal “ENSURE” has been launched to ease the subsidy payment in the livestock sector through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). About: • Recently, Ministry of Agriculture has launched a portal ‘ENSURE’ under Entrepreneurship Development and Employment Generation (EDEG) component of National Livestock Mission. • It is developed by NABARD and operated under the Department…

Food Sustainability Index (FSI)

Food Sustainability Index (FSI)

France has topped the Food Sustainability Index (FSI), 2018 while India is poorly placed. About: • The Food Sustainability Index (FSI) is a global study on nutrition, sustainable agriculture and food waste which collects data from 67 countries across the world to highlight best practices and key areas for improvement in relation to the food paradoxes…

Water Crisis: A Complete Picture

Water Crisis: A Complete Picture

Multiple incidences of water shortage coupled with chronic water stress observed in different parts of India have raised alarms about the impending water crisis. Recently in News: • The NITI Aayog Report on Composite Water Management Index (CWMI) said India is facing its worst water crisis in the history. • CWMI found that nearly 600 million…

Agrarian Distress in India

Agrarian Distress in India

Agriculture in India is facing a lot of issues and recent incidents of farmer’s protest has brought this issue again in news. About: • Kisan mukti march: Recently, thousands of farmers marched to Delhi demanding 3 week joint session of Parliament to discuss on prevailing agrarian crisis. • In a similar incident in Maharashtra, 35,000 farmers…

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Green Agriculture Project

Green Agriculture Project

Green Agriculture Project is a international multi body initiative. About: Emerging concerns: The Indian Government along with UN body Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has launched an agriculture project with USD 33.5 million grant from Global Environment Facility (GEF) that aims to bring transformative changes in agriculture sector by conservation of Biodiversity and forest landscapes. India’s…

India targets increase in food grain output for 2018-19

India targets increase in food grain output for 2018-19

India targets increase food grain output for FY 2018-19. About: The Agriculture Ministry has set a foodgrain production target of 285.2 million tonnes for 2018-19, a marginal increase from the previous year’s harvest of 284.8 million tonnes. This increase is despite patchy rainfall in some parts i.e. some areas got extra rainfall, some areas were deficient. Rainfall…

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…