Topic: Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.
6. With suitable Illustrations, explain how Livestock farming backed by Agricultural Extension services can help weaker sections of society.(250 words)
Why this question:
Question is based on the topic of economics of animal-rearing.
Key demand of the question:
Discuss in detail the benefits of Livestock farming backed by Agricultural Extension services. And the positive impact it brings in development of weaker sections of the society.
Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.
Structure of the answer:
Explain that Livestock make a major, although largely underestimated, contribution to rural development in developing countries. They produce food, enhance crop production and provide additional economic goods and services as well as cash income.
The inclusion of livestock diversifies and increases total farm production and income, provides year-round employment and disperses risk. Sales of livestock products provide funds for purchasing crop inputs and for financing farm investments
Livestock often form the major capital reserve of farming households and, in general, enhance the economic viability and sustainability of a farming system.
Explain how linking it with agri extension services can help weaker sections of the society.
Discuss the stakeholders that will benefit from such a combination of services; Women, Rural areas etc.
Conclude with way forward.