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.
5. What do you understand by Integrated Farming System? How far is the Integrated Farming System helpful in sustaining agricultural production? Elucidate in the Indian context. (250 words)
Why this question:
The question is straightforward and is based on the concept of Integrated Farming System and its relevance to India agriculture system.
Key demand of the question:
Discuss in detail the concept of IFS, discuss its relevance and significance to the Indian Setup.
Elucidate – Give 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:
Briefly explain what Integrated Farming System is.
Discuss Role of Integrated Farming System and in what way it is helpful in sustaining agricultural production.
The Integrated Farming System (IFS) is a combined approach aimed at efficient sustainable resource management for increased productivity in the cropping system. The IFS approach has multiple objectives of sustainability, food security, farmer’s security and poverty reduction by involving livestock, vermicomposting, organic farming etc.
Discuss the possible challenges involved.
Conclude with way forward such as Integrating subsistence agriculture, Encouraging livestock enterprises, Building farmer capacities etc.