GS-III: E Technology in the Aid of Farmers


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                                                      1. Ban on genetically-modified crops has not just restricted the farmers from accessing technology but is also promoting flourishing of an illegal market. Comment.
                                                      2. What is the Blockchain technology and how it is beneficial for small farmers in present times?
                                                      3. Enumerate the concerns regarding GM crops and steps taken for their safe use in India.
                                                      4. "In the villages itself no form of credit organisation will be suitable except the cooperative society."– All Indian rural credit survey. Discuss this statement in the background of agriculture finance in India. What constrain and challenges do financial institutions supplying agricultural finances? How can technology be used to better reach and serve rural clients?
                                                      5. Discuss how the intelligent devices such as robots and drones can enable smart farming? Can such technologies be successful in a cost-sensitive country like India - where the majority of the farmers are small producers?
                                                      6. Digital India can revolutionise agriculture by addressing various structural deficiencies. Discuss.
                                                      7. ISROs success in space can provide tangible benefits to Indian agriculture. Discuss.
                                                      8. How can artificial intelligence aid the agricultural sector?
                                                      9. Blockchain technology can aid in increasing farm income. Discuss.
                                                      10. How nanotechnology can aid in development of agriculture?
                                                      11. How bigdata can be next big thing for agriculture?
                                                      12. Discuss the various steps taken by Indian government to integrate ICT with agriculture.
                                                      13. Discuss the need and importance of Soil Health Card. Evaluate the progress done by government in Soil Health Card scheme so far.
                                                      14. "Without modernization of technology, the target of doubling the farmers' income by year 2022 appears to be a pipe dream." Critically examine keeping in reference various technology interventions by the government.
                                                      15. How Maha Agri Tech project aims to mitigate risks in farming?
                                                      16. It has been argued that shifting from traditional agriculture to e-Agriculture and the use of ICT tools can transform the agriculture scenario in India. Discuss, along with initiatives taken in this regard.
                                                      17. Right marketing strategies and an efficient supply chain are imperative to make India a global food supply leader. Elucidate.
                                                      18. While focusing on the importance of agriculture extension services in India, highlight the challenges faced in implementing it. Discuss the role of National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology (NMAET) in this context.
                                                      19. Smart Agriculture can be a game-changer for the stressed agriculture sector in India. Elaborate.
                                                      20. Throw some light on the Nano-based Agri-input and food products. Highlight the opportunities and concerns associated with them.
                                                      21. Highlight the hurdles faced by agricultural extension services in India. Also, explain how Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) can help to strengthen National Agricultural Research Extension System.
                                                      22. The negative consequences of input-intensive and unsustainable agricultural practices in India can be nullified by transitioning to Low External Input Sustainable Agriculture (LEISA). Discuss.
                                                      23. An overhaul of Agro-R&D is imperative for fulfilling of India’s obligations of doubling farmer’s income. Comment.
                                                      24. Identify the need for a climate resilient agriculture in India, discuss how it can be achieved.
                                                      25. Evaluate the performance of PM KISAN in easing the cash crunch faced by the farming community.
                                                      26. Comment on the need to increase spending on R&D for the agriculture sector.
                                                      27. What is DMH-11 that was recently approved by the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee? What are the advantages and challenges in its adoption?
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