Indian Agriculture

Overview of Key Schemes under Ministry of Agriculture

April 12, 2017

Major Government schemes and Institutions under Ministry of Agriculture are as follows: Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna (PMFBY) Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna (PMFBY) was launched from 1.04.2016 after rolling back the earlier insurance schemes National Agriculture Insurance Scheme (NAIS), Weather-based Crop Insurance scheme and Modified National...

Key Facts: National Agriculture Market (NAM)

April 11, 2017

National Agriculture Market (NAM) through Agri-Tech Infrastructure Fund (ATIF) also known as e-NAM scheme was approved in July 2015 and was launched on April 14 2016 as a portal. The objective is to create a unified national market for agricultural commodities by integrating the APMCs across India...

Agriculture in Union Budget 2017-18

April 9, 2017

The budget announcements for farmers / agriculture were focussed on the objective of doubling the farmers’ income in five years. Towards this, the key announcements made are as follows: Record Credit Target The agricultural credit target was fixed Rs. 10 Lakh Crore for 2017-18, which is highest...

Loan Waiver and Farmers’ Suicides

March 23, 2017

In this article, we examine why loan waivers are considered as inefficient measures to tackle the issue farmers’ suicide. Learning from the past (2008 loan waiving policy) Loan waiver on one side is seen as solution to all the financial problems of the farmers, on the other...

Seeds Bill 2004: Salient Features & Current Status

March 2, 2017

According to a report published in Economic Times (February 13, 2017), the government is planning to revive the Seeds Bill, which was first introduced in 2004 and last in 2014 but has never seen the light of the day. Here is a review of the bill. Introduction...

Horticulture Vis-à-vis Food Grain Cultivation

January 24, 2017

In recent years, several factors have driven the horticulture production to boost up over the foodgrain production in the country.  Horticulture is the branch of agriculture that deals with the art, science, technology and business of growing plants. It initially involved four areas of study- Pomology (fruit...

Krishonnati Yojana

May 11, 2016

There are three departments in Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare viz. Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare; Department of Agricultural Research and Education and Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries. With the change in central government in 2014, the schemes of the ministry were...

Integrated Development and Management of Fisheries

May 11, 2016

Integrated Development and Management of Fisheries (Blue Revolution) is the name of an integrated / umbrella scheme covering all existing schemes related to fisheries. This scheme was approved by Union Cabinet in December 2015 and the total outlay is of Rs. 3000 Crore for five years. Components...

Rashtriya Pashudhan Vikas Yojna

May 11, 2016

Earlier schemes related to Dairy and Livestock have been put together under the umbrella of Rashtriya Pashudhan Vikas Yojna (White Revolution) by the Union Government. This umbrella includes National Diary Plan/National Programme for Dairy Development, Dairy Entrepreneurship, Assistance to Cattle Institutes, Indigenous Breeds, National Programme for Bovine...

National Livestock Mission

May 11, 2016

The NDA Government has launched National Livestock Mission (NLM) from 2014-15. Objective The objective of this mission is to ensure quantitative and qualitative improvement in livestock production systems and capacity building of all stakeholders of livestock economy. Sub-Missions There are four sub-missions of National Livestock Mission as...

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