Quiz 122 : Indian Agriculture : For Civil Services & Banking Exams 2012
1. The Government of India fixes the Minimum Support Prices after taking into account the recommendations of which among the following bodies?
[A]Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
[B]Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs
[D]Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices
Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices
Assurance of a remunerative and stable price environment is considered very important for increasing agricultural production and productivity since the market place for agricultural produce tends to be inherently unstable, which often inflict undue losses on the growers, even when they adopt the best available technology package and produce efficiently. Towards this end, minimum support prices (MSP) for major agricultural products are fixed by the government, each year, after taking into account the recommendations of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP).
2. For how many crops, Minimum Support Prices are announced in India?
3. Which among the following is the largest foodgrain producing state of India?
Uttar Pradesh →43.20 , Punjab→26.95 Madhya Pradesh→16.02 West Bengal→15.74 Haryana→15.36 Andhra Pradesh→15.30 Maharashtra→12.59 Rajasthan→12.35 Karnataka→10.96 Bihar →10.15 All India→218.11
(Data Million Tones , 2009-10, Ministry of Agriculture)
4. Which among the following is largest Maize producing state in India in 2009-10?
Karnataka → 3.01 Andhra Pradesh → 2.76 Maharashtra → 1.83 Bihar → 1.48 Rajasthan → 1.15 Tamil Nadu → 1.14 Madhya Pradesh → 1.05 (Data Million Tones, Ministry of Agriculture, 2009-10)
5. Kharif crop is ____________?
[A]Sown in July and harvested in October
[B]Sown in October and harvested in March
[C]Sown in March and Harvested in July
[D]Sown in September and harvested in February
Sown in July and harvested in October
6. In some parts of our country, apart from rabi and kharif , Zaid crop is grown from March to June. Which among the following comes under Zaid crop?
7. Golden Rays Project was launched in 2009 for increasing the productivity of which among the following in certain tribal districts of India?
For increasing the productivity of maize in tribal districts namely, Udaipur and Banswara, the State Government of Rajasthan launched a project called ‘Golden Rays’ from Kharif-2009 in the public private partnership mode. Under this project, quality seed grown by leading private sector companies was procured by the State Government for supply to the farmers. Extension support for adoption of the recommended package of practices and market support for assured procurement of the produce was provided by the private sector companies. More than one million farmers have benefited under this scheme and the. productivity of maize has improved substantially in the project district
8. To protect the farmers of certain commodities against the backdrop of decline in unit value realization of these commodities , at time falling below their cost of production the Price stabilization Fund was launched in 2003. The commodities are___?
[A]Tea & Coffee
[B]Tea, Coffee & Rubber
[C]Tea, Coffee, Rubber and Tobacco
[D]Tea, Coffee, Coconut and Rubber
Tea, Coffee, Rubber and Tobacco
9. What is the planned rate of Agriculture growth in the 12th Five Year Plan ?
10. Which state is the largest producer of Coarse Cereals as per latest data for 2009-10?
Maharashtra → 6.29 Karnataka → 5.90 Rajasthan → 3.91 Andhra Pradesh → 3.32 Uttar Pradesh → 2.97 Madhya Pradesh → 2.04 (Data Million Tons, Ministry of Agriculture, 2009-10)
11. Govt of India established TRIFED in August 1987 , with an objective to save tribals from exploitation by private traders. Which among the following is the precise full form of TRIFED?
[A]Tribal Federation of India Ltd.
[B]Tribal Marketing Development Federation of India Ltd.
[C]Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Ltd.
[D]Tribal Cooperative Federation of India Ltd.
Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Ltd.
12. At which among the following capitals of North East Indian states, the “Cane & Bamboo Technology Centre” has been established in recent times?
The CBTC, established at Guwahati with support from a UNIDO project, is supported by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of
India. It is tasked to:
Identify and promote technologies to enhance income and employment in the North East
Network with resource, support and sectoral agencies
Impart training and provide access to improved technologies
Function as an information hub
13. IADP (Intensive Agriculture District Programme was launched in 1960 -61 in 7 districts of India. Which among the following is / are objective / objectives of this programme?
1. Provide loans, seeds, fertilizers and equipment to farmers
2. Prepare an Infrastructure for Intensive farming
3. Promote Soil Health Programs
Choose the correct option:
[B]1 & 2
[C]2 & 3
[D]1, 2 & 3
1 & 2
14. In which among the following states of India is prevalent the Shetkari Bazar, a concept of direct marketing by producer (farmer) to consumers?
Shetkari Bazar is a concept of direct marketing by producer (farmer) to consumers. By circumventing the intermediaries, the produce reaches in good shape with minimum handling. This results in better price realization for the farmer-producer and good quality produce to the consumer at reasonably lower price. This is expected to help small farmers with small quantity of perishable fruit and vegetables to get a fair price and escape commercial exploitation in the market place. In 2002, the Government of Maharashtra decided to set up Shetkari Bazars in the State and the Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board was appointed as nodal agency for implementing this scheme. The Shetkari Bazars are located in all district and key taluka places and are managed by the Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMC) from the area. The produce brought by farmers is not levied cess. Local committees are set up to monitor the prices and take the commitment forward (Prakash V, Director, CFTRI, Mysore) . A term loan up to Rs. 10.00 lakh is advanced to the APMCs for establishment of Shetkari Bazar. An amount of Rs. 31.10 crore has been sanctioned to 33 APMCs. There are 12 Shetkari Bazaars operating in the state and 33 additional markets have been sanctioned.
15. Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS), a collaborative food information initiative has been launched by ___?
[A]World Food Programme
[B]Food and Agriculture Organization
[C]G – 20
G – 20
In June 2011, the G20 Ministers of Agriculture while recognizing the importance of timely, accurate and transparent information in addressing food price volatility launched the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS), a collaborative food information initiative. AMIS builds on and complements existing systems and improves global food market information. AMIS is a platform through which countries, international organizations and the private sector can work together to strengthen synergies and collaboration in order to improve data reliability, timeliness and frequency. AMIS will also build developing countries’ capacity in market outlook analysis and promote policy dialogue.