Pink bollworm

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Business Line    Context: Cotton farmers in North India are considering shifting to crops like paddy, maize, and guar for the upcoming 2024-25 kharif season due to various challenges. These challenges include weak prices for cotton, severe infestation of pink bollworm (PBW) during the previous season, and increasing labour …

Soil Acidification

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: DTE  Context: The study highlights the potential loss of soil inorganic carbon (SIC) in Indian soils due to acidification, impacting soil health, crop growth, and carbon sequestration. Soil acidification, driven by industrial activities and intense farming, could lead to the depletion of 3.3 billion tonnes of SIC from the …

Microbial formulations to improve agricultural productivity

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH   Context: The Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR) in Kozhikode has developed three new microbial formulations aimed at enhancing agricultural productivity for farmers. These formulations, named Bactolime, Bactogypsum, and Trichogypsum, utilize granular lime and gypsum and have been developed using IISR’s patented technology.   How it works? …

CDP-SURAKSHA

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE   Context: The CDP-SURAKSHA is a digital platform was launched recently to disburse subsidies to horticulture farmers under the Cluster Development Programme (CDP). It aims to promote the growth of India’s horticulture sector by facilitating instant subsidy disbursal to farmers’ bank accounts using e-RUPI vouchers. The platform integrates …

Peace clause in WTO

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Business Standard  Context: India has invoked the peace clause at the WTO for the fifth consecutive time for the marketing year 2022-23, as it breached the prescribed subsidy limit for rice. Despite breaching the 10% domestic support ceiling, there are no immediate repercussions due to the peace clause, which …

Paira cropping system

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: DTE  Context: Odisha is promoting climate-resilient agriculture through its rice fallow initiative, capitalizing on residual moisture after rice harvest to cultivate short-duration pulses and oilseed crops. This initiative aims to boost land productivity, increase farmers’ income, and ensure food security. The scheme, focuses on optimal resource utilization, increasing cropping …

Cardamom

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: Large-scale damage to cardamom plantations has been reported in various regions of Kerala due to the drought. Farmers are facing significant losses, with many fearing the destruction of their crops if the drought persists. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Idukki recommend …

Krishi Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE    Context: The Krishi Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) was recently inaugurated by Agriculture ministry as a technological solution aimed at revolutionizing agricultural practices. It leverages state-of-the-art technologies such as artificial intelligence, remote sensing, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to collect and process extensive data on various …

Financing Agrochemical Reduction and Management Programme – or FARM

  Source: UN  Context: Seven countries – Ecuador, India, Kenya, Laos, Philippines, Uruguay, and Vietnam – have initiated a program called the Financing Agrochemical Reduction and Management Programme (FARM) to address pollution from pesticides and plastics in agriculture. This initiative aims to combat the release of toxic persistent organic pollutants (POPs) into the environment caused …

Pusa-1121 and 1509 Basmati varieties

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE    Context: Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) scientists have raised concerns about the unauthorized cultivation of Indian basmati rice varieties in Pakistan. Varieties such as Pusa Basmati-1121 (PB-1121), Pusa Basmati-6 (PB-6), and PB-1509, originally developed by IARI, are being grown in Pakistan under different names. For instance, PB-1121 …

CPCRI

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH    Context: Union Minister of State for Agriculture, Farmers’ Welfare, and Food Processing Industries, unveiled a new dwarf coconut variety called ‘Kalpa Suvarna’ and two hybrid cocoa varieties developed by the Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI). The new cocoa varieties, VTL CH I and VTL CH II, …

FCV Tobacco

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB  Context: The Government of India has taken several measures to support Flue-Cured Virginia (FCV) tobacco growers in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka

Rubber sector

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB  Context: The financial assistance for India’s rubber sector has been increased by 23% for the fiscal years 2024-25 and 2025-26 under the ‘Sustainable & Inclusive Development of Natural Rubber Sector’ initiative. This enhancement aims to support various facets of the rubber industry, including the expansion of rubber planting …

GROW initiative

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: DD News  Context: NITI Aayog has launched the Greening and Restoration of Wasteland with Agroforestry (GROW) initiative to promote environmental conservation and sustainable land use in India. Utilizing advanced remote sensing and GIS technologies, the initiative offers detailed state and district-wise analysis, along with an Agroforestry Suitability Index (ASI) …

Three new initiatives to bolster ‘Crop Insurance’

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Economic Times    Context: The Agriculture Minister recently launched three initiatives aimed at bolstering crop insurance and supporting farmers in India. The initiatives include the Kisan Rakshak Helpline 14447 and Portal, the Agri-Insurance Sandbox Framework Platform SARTHI, and a Learning Management System (LMS) Platform.   These initiatives aim to …

SMART food grain storage system (SAFEETY) technology

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Economic Times   Context: The Ministry of Electronics & IT (MeitY) has transferred the Smart Food Grain Storage System (SAFEETY) technology to Paras Défense and Space Technology Ltd. SAFEETY, developed by the Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering and Research (SAMEER) under MeitY’s guidance, features conveyorized loading and unloading …

Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Development Fund

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB  Context: The Union Cabinet, approved the extension of the Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Development Fund (AHIDF) to be implemented under the Infrastructure Development Fund (IDF). The scheme aims to incentivize investments in various areas such as dairy processing, meat processing, animal feed plants, breed multiplication farms, agri-waste management, and …