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Agricultural Current Affairs February 2019

# Which small finance bank launched ‘Kisan Suvidha loan’ for small and marginal farmers, on 30th January 2019? 

1) AU Small Finance Bank

2) Ujjivan Small Finance Bank

3) Jana Small Finance Bank

4) Sriram Small Finance Bank

5) None of these

Answer – 2) Ujjivan Small Finance Bank

Explanation: On 30th January 2019, ‘Kisan Suvidha loan’ for small and marginal farmers launched by Ujjivan Small Finance Bank. The scheme will attempt to reach the bottom of the pyramid with products and services. Kisan Suvidha loan can be used by farmers for both agriculture and allied activities. The product is specially designed to cater to the needs of customers for various allied and agricultural activities.{ Agricultural Current Affairs }

Ujjivan Small Finance Bank launched the product in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Karnataka and Odisha with an eye to expand the product offerings. It provides loans to individuals with an amount ranging from Rs. 60000 to Rs. 2 Lakh to fulfill the customized needs of the mass market segment. The loan does not require any collateral. Ujjivan becomes the 1st bank to offer loans for agriculture and allied activities. { Agricultural Current Affairs }

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#Total Horticulture production is estimated to be __ Million Tonnes which would be 8% higher than last 5 years average, as per the 2017-18 (Final) and 2018-19 (1st Advance estimate) of Area and Production of Horticulture Crops? 

 1) 314.5 Million tonnes

2) 256.8 Million tonnes

3) 156.7 Million tonnes

4) 437.4 Million tonnes

5) None of these

Answer – 1) 314.5 Million tonnes

Explanation: As per the 2017-18 (Final) and 2018-19 (1st Advance estimate) of Area and Production of Horticulture Crops released by The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, there has been a record production of Horticulture crops in 2017-18 reaching 311.7 Million Tonnes. The Summary of report is given in the table below. 
Total Horticulture. { Agricultural Current Affairs }

2016-2017

Area (Million Ha): 24.85

Production (Million Tonnes):300.64

2017-2018 (Final)

Area (Million Ha):25.43

Production (Million Tonnes):311.71

2018-2019 (1st Advance estimate

Area (Million Ha): 25.87
Production (Million Tonnes) : 314.67

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# What was the theme of World Wetlands Day celebrated on 2nd February 2019?

1) Conservation of Wetland

2) Wetlands and Climate Change

3) Wetlands and the Environment

4) Wetland Preservation

5) None of these

Answer – 2) Wetlands and Climate Change

Explanation: World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on the 2nd of February to raise global awareness on the value of wetlands for humanity and the planet. Theme of World Wetlands Day 2019 is “Wetlands and Climate Change”.

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# __ was announced as Punjab State Aquatic Animal by Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, on 2ndFebruary 2019?

1) Stripped Turtle

2) Indus River Dolphin

3) Bluebird Sialia sialis

4) Indus River Oyster

5) None of these

Answer – 2) Indus River Dolphin

Explanation: On February 2, 2019, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh declared one of the rarest mammal, Indus River Dolphin, which is only found in Beas River ,as Punjab State Aquatic Animal. The Chief Minister constituted a committee comprised eminent members of the State Board of Wildlife, including Major AP Singh, Hardit Singh Sidhu, Col. P.S. Grewal and Jaskaran Singh and officers of Wildlife Department, to examine certain issues related to formation of separate directorate of Wildlife & Wetlands of Bir Moti Bagh wildlife Sanctuary to provide a natural habitat to various wildlife species. 

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#Which state is planning to expand the Millet Village scheme to several districts following the successful trial run? 

1) Karnataka

2) Andhra Pradesh

3) Kerala

4) Assam

5) None of these

Answer – 3) Kerala

Explanation: Kerala State Agriculture Department is planning to expand the Millet Village scheme to Idukki, Wayanad and other parts of Palakkad, including more tribal villages at Attappady, following the successful trial run at Attappady in Palakkad district. The department had sought Central support under the national-level mission for promoting millets. Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac, stated the government’s intention to popularise the cultivation of these climate-smart crops, in his State Budget. { Agricultural Current Affairs }

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# Which state launched a scholarship scheme named ‘KALIA Chhatravritti Yojana’, for the children of farmers under Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme, on 4th February 2019?

1) Arunachal Pradesh

2) Sikkim

3) Odisha

4) Jharkhand

5) None of these

Answer – 3) Odisha

Explanation: On February 4,2019 , Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched scholarship scheme named ‘KALIA Chhatravritti Yojana‘,for the children of farmers under Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme in Keonjhar district. Under this scheme, the beneficiaries will be provided scholarships to pursue higher education in professional courses at free of cost. Children of farmers who have taken admission at Government Professional colleges on merit basis are eligible for this scheme. 

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# National Bulk Handling Corporation (NBHC) released Kharif Crop estimation for 20182019, as per this, basmati rice production is expected to decline by what percent to 5.18 million metric tonne?

1) 9.24 %

2) 7.23 %

3) 4.56 %

4) 2.56 %

5) None of these

Answer – 1) 9.24 %

Explanation: On February 4,2019,National Bulk Handling Corporation (NBHC) released Kharif Crop estimation for the year 2018-2019. According to the report, the basmati rice production is expected to decline by 9.24% to 5.18 million metric tonne. The total oilseeds production was estimated to be 19.87 million metric tonne which is 5.36 % lower to in the year 2018. The pulses production was projected to be dropped to 9.10 million tonnes. 4 ,2019 , ( ) 2018 -2019 , 9.24% 5.18 19.87 , 2018 5.36% 9.10

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8. Where was the First State Level Awareness Programme on Agriculture Export Policy to create awareness among farmers and stakeholders held on 2nd February 2019? 

1) Pune

2) Chennai

3) Raipur

4) Shimla

5) None of these

Answer – 1) Pune Explanation: On 2nd February 2019, First State Level Awareness Programme on Agriculture Export Policy to create awareness among farmers and stakeholders held in Pune,Maharashtra. The Export Policy was Created by the State Governments and the Policy will be implemented in the respective State Agriculture and horticulture departments.

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#Indian Banking Association (IBA) has marked the advisory recommendations from banks to exempt farmers from processing, documentation, inspection, ledger folio charge and various service charges for Kisan Credit Card loans upto __?

1) Rs 1 Lakh

2) Rs 3 Lakh

2) Rs 2 Lakh

4) Rs 5 Lakh

5) None of these

Answer – 2) Rs 3 Lakh Explanation: Indian Banking Association (IBA) has marked the advisory recommendations from banks to exempt farmers from processing, documentation, inspection, ledger folio charge and various service charges for Kisan Credit Card loans upto Rs. 3 Lakhs. These guidelines came to highlight as nominal amount of charges were collected by some schedule commercial banks for agriculture loans. { Agricultural Current Affairs }

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#What is the Scheme approved by the Union Cabinet for conservation, protection and development of cows and to support small farmers by boosting their income? 

1) Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog

2) Gram Santhosh Rural Postal Life Insurance Scheme

3) Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana

4) Gram Santhosh cow safaris Aayog

5) None of these

Answer – 1) Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog Explanation: The Union Cabinet has approved setting up of ‘Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog’ for conservation, protectiol and development of cows and to support small farmers by boosting their income.This announcement was made in the interim budget to frame a policy to save, conserve and develop the cows and their offspring which will lead to the enhancement of cattle population.It’ll be profitable to small farmers as their will be augmentation in livestock sector of cattle.The ‘Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog’ will work with Veterinary and Agriculture Universities and organizations which are indulge in breeding and rearing activities of cow.  { Agricultural Current Affairs }

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#According to the Agriculture Census 2015-16 released by Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare,Farmers are Categorized as _____ if which he holds below 1 hectare of land?

1)Marginal

2)Small

3)Medium

4)Large

5)None of these

Answer – 1) Marginal

Explanation: On 6th February 2019, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Issued Categorization of farmers in agriculture census. Agriculture census was held at 2015-16 which is conducted in every five years.

Category Size-Class
1 Marginal Below =1.00 hectare
2 Small= 1.00-2.00 hectare
3 Semi-medium =2.00-4.00 hectare

4 Medium 4.00-10.00 hectare
5 Large 10.00 hectare and above { Agricultural Current Affairs }

#What is the new limit on collateral-free agriculture loans from Rs.1 lakh?

1)Rs.1.1 lakh

2)Rs.1.8 lakh

3)Rs.2 lakh

4)Rs.1.6 lakh

5)Rs.2.6 lakh

Answer – 4) Rs.1.6 lakh Explanation: RBI announced increasing the limit on collateral-free agriculture loans to Rs.1.6 lakh from Rs.1 lakh. It will help to boost liquidity particularly among small and marginal farmers in the farming sectors. Government has already distributed Rs.11 trillion in Agriculture loans. Tamil Nadu has disbursed Rs.1.58 trillion followed by Andra Pradesh with Rs.1.12 trillion.

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#When was the First ever World Pulses day is Celebrated? When was the First ever World Pulses day is Celebrated?

1) February 7

2) February 8

3) February 9

4) February 10

5) None of these

Answer – 4) February 10

Explanation: February 10, 2019, was the first-ever World Pulses Day, a United Nations global event to celebrate pulses worldwide and continue the important gains made with the 2016 International Year of Pulses. In December 2013, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly voted unanimously to declare 2016 as the International Year of Pulses (IYP), to celebrate, raise awareness and promote the consumption of pulses at events around the globe.

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