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. Do you agree that it is the It is the bounden duty of scientific community tofind long-term solutions to the problems faced byfarmers and improve crop productivity? Comment and discuss the significance of research and technology to Agriculture.(250 words)
Why this question:
The Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu called upon the scientific community to find long-term solutions to the problems faced by farmers and improve crop productivity and farmers’ income. Thus the context of the question.
Key demand of the question:
Explain how relevant it is to involve scientific community and research in developing long-term solutions to the problems faced byfarmers and improve crop productivity.
Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Structure of the answer:
In general discuss the importance of research and science in developing newer methods and discovering newer ways to address the challenges of Agriculture in the country.
Emphasis upon the critical role of technology in enhancing both the quality and quantity across the agriculture value chain from the use of inputs at the pre-production stage to post-production and marketing to improve the income of farmers.
Explain that It is the bounden duty of scientific community tofind long-term solutions to the problems faced byfarmers and improve crop productivity.Scientists need to explore ways to make cropsmore “climate-resilient, nutrition-efficient andless water consuming”.The role of technology is critical in enhancing
Both the quality and quantity across theagriculture value chain from the use of inputs atthe pre-production stage to post-production andmarketing to improve the income of farmers.
Conclude that Science is significant in finding solutions and Technological innovation was a key driver inboosting economy, improving people’s lives and
Enabling better delivery of services.