Agriculture Current Affairs for Competitive exam Part-2

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Agriculture Current Affairs

Agriculture Current Affairs

1. The ‘farmers’ parliament’, the first of its kind in the country was organized in which state?

A. Assam

B. Sikkim

C. Tripura

D. Meghalaya

The ‘farmers’ parliament’, the first of its kind in the country, was organised in Meghalaya and attended by scientists, bureaucrats, apart from farmers, to discuss issues related to the agriculture situation in the State .

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2. The Reserve Bank of India will observe the Financial Literacy Week from June 3-7, 2019 based on which theme?

A. Artificial Intelligence

B. Digital Market

C. Farmers

D. Small Traders

The Reserve Bank of India will observe the Financial Literacy Week from June 3-7, 2019.

The theme for 2019 is Farmers.

Financial Literacy Week is organised by RBI to promote awareness on key topics every year through a focused campaign.

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3. The Government has approved the extension of Prime Minister Kisan Sammaan Yojana to all farmers, earlier it was applicable to only those farmers having ______ hectares of land?

A. 1 ha

B. 3 ha

C. 4 ha

D. 2 ha

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 31, 2019 has approved the extension of Prime Minister Kisan Sammaan Yojana to all farmers, benefiting around 14 crore 50 lakh farmers of the country.

Previously, this benefit was applicable to only those farmers having 2 hectacre land.

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4. Which state will launch the ‘Rythu Bharosa’ scheme for the farmers?

A. Tamil Nadu

B. Odisha

C. Andhra Pradesh

d. Kerala

The Andhra Pradesh government has announced the launch of a new farmer support scheme, named YSR Rythu Bharosa.

It will be launched on October 15, 2019. It will replace the Annadaata Sukhibhava Scheme of the previous government.

It will offer investment support of Rs. 12,500 per annum per farmer. It will also provide free crop insurance and interest-free loans to farmers. In total Rs 50,000 will be given to a farmer in four installments of Rs 12,500.

Eligibility: Farmers with land area less than 5 acres. 

It must be noted that the financial assistance of Rs. 15,000 per annum per farmer was provided under the Annadaata Sukhibhava Scheme.

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5. Which state government has decided to waive NonPerforming Asset loans of about 1 lakh farmers, who owe about Rs 965 crore to commercial banks?

A. Andhra Pradesh

B. Karnataka

C. Odisha

D. Gujarat

The Karnataka government decided to waive Non Performing Asset loans of about one lakh farmers, who owe about Rs 965 crore to commercial banks.

The money will be deposited in the accounts of eligible farmers in one instalment

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6. Which state government has fixed Rs 5000 as minimum aid to calamity-hit farmers?

A. Gujarat

B. Uttar Pradesh

c. Madhya Pradesh

d. Rajasthan

The Madhya Pradesh government has announced to provide 5,000 rupees in minimum compensation to small and marginal farmers in the event of crop loss due to natural calamities.

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7. Government has set up how many Krishi Vigyan Kendras to double farmers’ income by 2022?

A. 678

B. 713

C. 456

D. 578

The Government has set up 713 Krishi Vigyan Kendras and 684 Agricultural Technology Management Agencies at the district level in the country for dissemination of technologies among the farming community. This is aimed at meeting the target of doubling the farmers’ income by 2022.

But in ICAR website are it’s updated only 706 till now.

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28. 3-Day Long Krishi Kumbh was held in which of the following states?

A. Jharkhand

B. Bihar

C. Uttar Pradesh

D. Uttarakhand

In Bihar, Governor Lalji Tandon and Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh jointly inaugurated the three-day Krishi Kumbh in Motihari.

Over fifteen thousand farmers from different states and about two hundred agricultural scientists are participating in the Kumbh.

The objective of Krishi Kumbh is to promote modern techniques and diversification in agriculture that could help in doubling farmers income

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9. Which country has initiated new dispute complaint against India over sugar subsidies provided to farmers at World Trade Organization (WTO)?

A.Canada

B.Slovenia

C.Guatemala

D.Honduras

Guatemala has initiated new dispute complaint against India over sugar subsidies provided to farmers at World Trade Organization (WTO), alleging that it is inconsistent with global trade rules

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10. Which State has launched the Atal Solar Krishi Pump Yojana (ASKP)?

A. Gujarat

B. Uttar Pradesh

C. Madhya Pradesh

D. Maharashtra

Maharashtra has launched the Atal Solar Krishi Pump Yojana (ASKP) for farmers with a subsidy of up to 95 per cent on solar pumpsets. The State plans to install one lakh solar pumps.

Farmers with less than five acres will have to pay 5 per cent of the cost of a 3 HP solar pump while farmers with more than five acres will get a 5 HP solar pump and the sops.

To encourage farmers to use solar agriculture pumps, the Maharashtra government has decided to give two LED bulbs, a DC fan and a mobile charging socket as freebies.

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11. Srei Equipment Finance has tied up with which bank to jointly provide financing for construction and farm equipment?

A. Federal bank

B. Syndicate Bank

C. Axis Bank

D. Yes Bank

Srei Equipment Finance, a wholly owned subsidiary of Srei Infrastructure Finance, has tied up with state-owned Syndicate Bank to jointly provide financing for construction and farm equipment.

Under the arrangement, Syndicate Bank would leverage on its low-cost funds and co-lend equipment loans with Srei at a mutually agreed rate. The arrangement had been done under the aegis of Reserve Bank of India.

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12. Which state will get the first goat fertility lab in the state under Rastriya Krashi Vikas Yojna at the cost of Rs 22 crore?

A. Jharkhand

B. Bihar

C. Rajasthan

D. Uttar Pradesh

Deen Dayal Veterinary University in Uttar Pradesh proposed to set up the first goat fertility lab in the state under Rastriya Krashi Vikas Yojna at the cost of Rs 22 crore.

The University has entered into a contract with Pradeshik cooperative Dairy Federation for marketing.

Woman involved in goat farming would be trained to prepare Mazrela cheese from goat milk

Mazrela cheese is nutritious and tasty and would fetch more income as it is in demand in various hotels.

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13. Agri-Vision 2019, a two-day conference on ‘Envisioning Agro Solutions for Smart and Sustainable Agriculture was held at?

A. Patna

B. Ranchi

C. Hyderabad

D. Delhi

Agri-Vision 2019, a two-day conference on ‘Envisioning Agro Solutions for Smart and Sustainable Agriculture’ was held at Hyderabad.

Agriculture sector accounts for 18 per cent of India’s GDP and provides employment to 50 per cent of the workforce of the country.

The Gross Value Added by agriculture, forestry and fishing is estimated at Rs 17.67 trillion (US$ 274.23 billion) in FY18.

During 2017-18 crop year, food grain production is estimated at record 284.83 million tones.

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14. Which of the following has started National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) to attract talent and strengthen higher agricultural education in the country?

A. NABARD

B. National Agricultural Council

C. Ministry of agriculture and farmers welfare

D. Indian Council of Agricultural Research

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) launched the National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) to attract talent and strengthen higher agricultural education in the country.

This project (Rs 1100 crore) is to be funded by the World Bank and the Indian Government on a 50:50 basis.

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15. The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved a proposal seeking the establishment of which aayog to conserve, protect and develop India’s cattle population?

A. Rashtriya Gau Aayog

B. Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog

C. Rashtriya Gau Sewa Aayog

D. Rashtriya Gau Sanrakshan Aayog

Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved a proposal seeking the establishment of ‘Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog’ to conserve, protect and develop India’s cattle population.

The Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog will work in collaboration with veterinary, animal sciences or agriculture universities, departments or organisations of the central/state government engaged in the task of research in the field of breeding and rearing of cows, organic manure, and biogas.

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16. An expert committee set up by the government has recommended setting the minimum wage at Rs _____ a day for agriculture or unskilled workers?

A. Rs 400

B. Rs 398

C. Rs 375

D. Rs 412

An expert committee set up by the government has recommended setting the minimum wage at Rs 375 a day, higher than the existing rate of Rs 321 for agriculture or unskilled workers and Rs 371 for semi-skilled workers.

The committee has come up with a new methodology that does away with the variation in wages based on sector, skills and location. It has proposed a “balanced diet approach” to compute minimum wages.

The recommendations, if accepted, will result in a wage bracket ranging from Rs 340 for Bihar and Uttar Pradesh to Rs 447 for Gujarat.

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17. Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani launched the Integrated Large Scale Eri Farming in which of the following states?

A. Nagaland

B. Assam

C. Mizoram

D. Arunachal Pradesh

The Integrated Large Scale Eri Farming in Arunachal Pradesh under North East Region Textile Promotion Scheme (NERTPS) was launched in Itanagar.

Initially, the Project will cover five districts of the state, that are: Papumpare, East Kameng, Siang, East Siang and West Siang.

About one thousand acres land will be covered for Eri Farming in the chosen districts of the state.

Government has decided to provide financial assistance to 4000 beneficiaries under NERTPS.

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18. Under the World Bank funded project – Agribusiness and Rural Transformation (APART), Rice Knowledge Bank web portal of whish state was launched?

A. West Bengal

B. Kerala

C. Assam

D. Chhattisgarh 

Rice Knowledge Bank launched under World-bank funded Assam Agribusiness & Rural Transformation (APART) project Rice Knowledge Bank-Assam, is an agriculture web portal.

It is dedicated to magnifying knowledge on rice production technologies and techniques, best production practices and state agriculture facts.

It was launched under the World Bank funded project – Agri-business and Rural Transformation (APART).

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19. Who has been elected as the new Director General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)?

A. William Nobel Clark

B. James Butler

C. Herbert Broadley

D. Qu Dongyu

Qu Dongyu of China has been elected as the new DirectorGeneral of the United Nations Food and Agricultur Organization (FAO) based in Rome, Italy.

He is the first Chinese national to be elected as FAO DirectorGeneral. Ramesh Chand was nominated by India for the post of Director General of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

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20. Which state will develop 100 trout farms for production of carp fish this year?

A. Goa

B. Kerala

C. Himachal Pradesh

D. Karnataka

Himachal Pradesh will develop 100 trout farms for production of carp fish this year. It will provide employment to over 550 people.

The government plans to set up two trout hatcheries under the public-private partnership (PPP) initiative to provide seeds. A smoked trout and fillet canning centre would also be set up in the Kullu district.

Three retail outlets, one each in Kangra, Chamba and Shimla district, will be established to ensure appropriate marketing support to the trout production.

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