Agriculture Current Affairs for Competitive Exam part-3

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Agriculture Current Affairs

Agriculture Current Affairs

1. Government has introduced a TMA scheme to provide financial assistance for exporting specified agriculture products to international market. What does “M” in TMA stands for?

A. Marketing

B. Money

C. Medium

D. Micro

The Government of India has come up with a scheme called ‘Transport and Marketing Assistance’ (TMA) to provide financial assistance for exporting specified agriculture products to international market.

The assistance will be given for the international component of freight and marketing of agricultural produce which in turn will reduce the cost of transportation as well as promote brand recognition for Indian agricultural products in the specified overseas markets.

Currently the scheme will be effective from 1 March 2019 to 31 March 2020.

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2. Who has been appointed as the new Chairman of Agricultural Scientific Recruitment Board (ASRB)?

A. Aditya Kumar Mishra

B. Sushil Kumar

C. Sandeep Bansal

D. Anugrah Verma

Aditya Kumar Misra, veterinary professor and former Vice Chancellor of GB University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, has been appointed as the new Chairman of Agricultural Scientific Recruitment Board (ASRB), according to sources.

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3. Who has been awarded Lifetime achievement National Grassroots Innovators award for his innovations in new varieties of agriculture crops?

A. Periyasami Ramasami

B. Prakash Singh Raghuvanshi

C. Anup Badal

D. Ram Kishan Singh

President Ramnath Kovind awarded National Grassroots Innovators at Grambharti near Gandhinagar in Gujarat.

Prakash Singh Raghuvanshi (Uttar Pradesh) has been awarded Lifetime achievement award for his innovations in new varieties of agriculture crops.

The President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated FINE 2019, the Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on March 15, 2019.

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4. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has prohibited imparting distance degree programmes in which stream?

A. Artificial Intelligence

B. Yoga

C. Agriculture

D. Disaster Management

March, The University Grants Commission (UGC) has prohibited imparting distance degree programmes in agriculture.

As per UGC Open and Distance Learning Regulations, 2017, professional programmes such as medicine, engineering, and architecture, are not permitted to be offered in distance mode.

To protect the interest of the students already enrolled to the agriculture degree programme, the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) has been requested for hand-holding of such institutions.

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5. 2019 Global Report on Food Crises was released by which organization?

A. United Nations

B. World Economic Forum

C. Food & Agriculture Organization

D. International Food Policy Research Institute

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) makes the following observations in the 2019 Global Report on Food Crises report

More than 113 million people across 53 countries experienced “acute hunger” last year because of wars and climate disasters, with Africa the worst-hit region.

Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan and Syria were among the eight nations accounting for two-thirds of the total number of people worldwide exposed to the risk of famine

African Nations were “disproportionally” affected as close to 72 million people on the continent suffered acute hunger.

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6. India has signed an agreement with the National Bankfor Agri culture and Rural Development Consultancy Service (NABCONS) for setting up the India-Africa Institute of Agriculture and Rural Development (IAIARD) in which country?

A. Malawi

B. Peru

C. Nigeria

D. South Sudan

India to set up agriculture institute in Malawi India has signed an agreement with the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Consultancy Service (NABCONS) for setting up the IndiaAfrica Institute of Agriculture and Rural Development (IAIARD) in Malawi, a landlocked country in southeastern Africa The agreement is a part of India’s efforts to enhance capacity in the areas of agro-financing and entrepreneurship development for African countries.

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7. The commerce ministry has unveiled a blockchain-based e-marketplace for the farmers growing?

A. Coffee

B. Tea

C. Cotton

D. Wheat

The commerce ministry has launched a blockchain-based coffee e-marketplace to help farmers integrate with markets so that they can realise fair prices for the commodity.

The blockchain will also reduce the number of layers between coffee growers and buyers and help farmers double their income.

This pilot project will help integrate the farmers with markets in a transparent manner and lead to realisation of fair price for the coffee producer.

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8. Which country’s Department of Agriculture has announced to soon remove the practice of using cats in research work?

A. Australia

B. New Zealand

C. Japan

D. USA

US Department of Agriculture closes ‘kitten slaughterhouse’ o The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced to soon remove the practice of using cats in research work. o According to a watchdog group, the use of cats involved forced “cannibalism” and resulted in killing of over 3000 cats since 1982.

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9. NABARD has launched Rs 700-crore worth Venture Capital Fund named “what” for Agri & Rural Startups?

A. Nabventures

B. Nabardfund

C. Nabfunds

D. Ruralfund

10. Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited (TAFE) has signed whom as the brand ambassador for Massey Ferguson tractors?

A. Sachin Tendulkar

B. Varun Dhawan

C. Akshay Kumar

D. Hrithik Roshan

11. India has signed an MoU with which country’s ISE Foods in order to improve poultry farms?

A. Russia

B. Japan

C. China

D. Israel

India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Japan’s largest egg producer, ISE Foods, in a bid to improve the quality of eggs, waste management and disease diagnosis in poultry farms across the country.

The ISE’s egg production process, almost fully automated, is considered most hygienic in the world.

With two poultry farms, ISE Foods will soon commence its operations in India. One unit will be established in Gujarat’s Surat city, while a larger unit with a production capacity of 1.2 million strong-chicken farm eggs will be set up in Telangana’s Siddipet.

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12. In which state Fall Armyworm, a pest which can cause extensive damage to standing crops within a very short time has been detected?

A. Mizoram

B. Tripura

C. Assam

D. Arunachal Pradesh

In Arunachal Pradesh, Fall Armyworm, a pest which can cause extensive damage to standing crops within a very short time has been detected.

A report from the College of Horticulture & Forestry in East Siang District has said that the highly invasive pest has been found in maize in its campus.

The report says the pest can attack a wide range of crops including rice, sugarcane and vegetables

The pest occurrence is severe and can multiply in geometric proportions within no time.

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13. Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for protecting which cattle breed recently?

A. Nagori

B. Ongole

C. Kenkatha

D. Bargur

Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for protecting Ongole cattle breed on May 20, 2019.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu released a compendium on Ongole breed of cattle at Vijayawada recently.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu highlighted that Brazil has imported these cattle breeds and produced hybrid Ongoles to earn huge revenue through export. While in India this cattle is neglected.

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14. Exim Bank has entered into an agreement with which country to provide line of credit worth USD 150 million to support agricultural projects?

A. Ghana

B. Zambia

C. Eswatini

D. Angola

Exim Bank supported line of credit of USD 150 million to Ghana The USD 150 million for Ghana will be used for financing strengthening of agriculture mechanisation services centres.

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