General Agriculture 2017-18 For Agriculture Competitive Exams IBPS,NABARD,IRMA,JRF,ARS,SRF

General Agriculture 2017-18

General Agriculture 2017-18

Total Geographical Area of the country- 329 Mha (General Agriculture 2017-18)

Net sown area of the country- 140 Mha (42.57% of total area)

Gross sown area of the country- 194.4Mha

Total Forest area in the country- 79.42 Mha (24.16% of total geographical areaS)

State with highest forest area in the country is- Madhya Pradesh, followed by Arunachal Pradesh and Chhattisgarh

For maintaining ecological balance percentage of the land area should be under forest is- 33

Irrigated area in India- 68.10 Mha

Government of India declared “2018” as- National year of- Millets

Power house of Nutrients/Nutri-Cereals/Climate resilient crops are – Millets

Cropping Intensity of India is- 142%

Total number of KVKs at present is- 690 (as of MAY,2018)

KVKs are under the administration control of- DDG of Agricultural extension

For effective functioning and monitoring of KVKs, KVKs are divided into- 11 ATARI Zones

Acronym of ATARI –Agricultural Technology Application Research Institutes (ATARIs formerly called as Zonal Project Directorates)

Growth rate of Agriculture sector during 2017-18 is- 2.1% (whereas in 2016-17 is 4.9%)

Overall economic growth rate during 2017-18 – 6.5 %

Contribution of Agriculture and allied sectors to GDP is- 17.4% (2016-17)

Total Food grain production in the country during 2016-17 was- 275.68 Mt

Total Food grain production in the country during 2017-18 was- 277.49 Mt

Government of India sets food grain production target for 2018-19 at- 283.7 Mt (Kharif- 140.2 Mt; Rabi- 142.5 Mt)

Total Pulse production for the year 207-18 is- 23.95 Mt (As per II advanced estimate)

Among Pulses the crop with highest production and largest area under cultivation is- Bengal gram/Chick pea/Chana/gram

Among Oil seeds the crop with highest production and largest area under cultivation is – Soyabean (General Agriculture 2017-18)

Annual Average rainfall of the country for the year 2017 – 1122.9 mm (Avg.rainfall of the country is 1140 mm)

World food prize 2017- won by- Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina (Nigeria), the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) for his work to boost yields and farm incomes.

Annual Average rainfall of the country for the year 2016 was- 1083.1 mm(General Agriculture 2017-18)

Egg production of the country for the year 2016-17 was- 88.03 billion

Total milk production in the year 2016-17 was- 165 mt

India’s share in World Milk production- 17%

Minimum Support Price recommended by – Commission for Agricultural Cost and Prices (CACP)

MSP announced by- Government of India: MSP is calculated based on Avg. Cost of Production

At present MSP is announced for – 23 crop commodities only

*The state that produces highest food grains is- Uttar Pradesh

The State that produces highest Pulses is- Madhya Pradesh

The state that ranks first in Oilseed production is- Rajasthan

2018- National year of Millets(General Agriculture 2017-18)

Institutional credit for Agriculture sector for the year 2018-19- 11 lakh crore

Time period for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set up by UN is- 2015-2030

Number of Sustainable Development goals- 17

Main aim of Sustainable Development Goals laid by the United Nations is – to ensure food security vis-à-vis nutritional security

United Nations Climate Change Conference (“COP23”) held at- Bonn ,Germany), 617 November, 2017

Concept of ‘Climate smart agriculture’ given by- FAO

Share of Agriculture and allied sectors to India’s national employment- 52%

Chairman of 15th Finance Commission (2017-2022) was- NK Singh

Total number of regulated markets in India- 7320

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Total number of APMCs (Agricultural Produce Market Committees)- 585 

Total number of GRAMs (Gramin Retail Agriculture Markets)-22,000

Target year fixed by Govt. of India for Doubling of Farmers Income is- 2022 (75th Independence of India)

Govt. of India formulated _____point strategy to double farmers income- Seven point strategy

All agricultural programs and policies shift their focus from- Production oriented to Income oriented

Number of pesticides registered in India (2018) is- 287

RKVY (Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana)- renamed as- Remunerative Approaches for Agriculture and Allied sector Rejuvenation (RAFTAAR)

Time period of RKVY- RAFTAAR increased from- 2017-2020

To incentivise states to increase allocation for agriculture and allied sector is the main objective of- RKVY

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100% FDI is allowed in – cold storage, ware houses

Govt. of India has increased MSP of Kharif crops by- 1.5 times of cost of production

The average size of land holding in India according to Agricultural Census 2010-11 is- 1.15 ha

The total number of operational holdings in India according to Agricultural Census 201011 is- 138.35 million

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Nodal Agency to coordinate the efforts on the Agriexport zones- APEDA

Total no. of Agri Export Zones in India –60

10th National Conference of KVK held at- March 16-17, New Delhi

Best KVK (pandit deendayal Krishi unnati pursakar) award 2017 awarded to- KVK Kanker, Chhattisgarh 

Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017 Held on- Nov 28-30, Hyderabad 

_____is the key approach for doubling farmers income by 2022 – Integrated farming System (IFS)

Total number of Mega food parks in India- 42

Agricultural Mechanization for Insitu management of crop residue in- Punjab, Haryana, UP, Delhi

Pesticide Management bill passed in- 2017

Agricultural produce and livestock marketing promotion & Facilitation Act passed in- 2017

NAFED procures “Oilseeds and Pulses” from state government at MSP through- Price Support Scheme (PSS) (General Agriculture 2017-18)

Portal launched by central government of India for e-marketing of Organic products is- Jaivik kheti portal

A company owned by DARE, under Ministry of Agriculture and farmers Welfare is- Agriinnovate india

Statutory body related to food safety and regulation, protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety in India is – FSSAI (Food Safety and Standard Authority of India)

General Agriculture 2017-18


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