Agriculture: GK, Current Affairs, Questions, Trivia and News

Andhra Pradesh sign MoUs with premier agricultural institutions

The Department of Agriculture of Andhra Pradesh recently signed Memoranda of understanding with 11 premier agricultural institutions of the country, in the presence of its Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy. Under the agreement, the institutions will provide technical assistance for increasing the farmers income sustainably, by following organic and natural farming practices. The ..

APEDA organises its first awareness programme in Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has recently organised its first awareness programme in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. APEDA, which comes under the aegis of Union Ministry of Commerce and Industries, organised the programme in association with the Directorate of Industries of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, in the capital city of ..

Krishi Udan Scheme to be launched by Aviation Ministry

A new scheme was proposed in the budget, which is to be implemented by the Aviation Ministry, for transporting agricultural products of farmers. The scheme was named as ‘Krishi Udan Scheme’. The scheme is to be launched by the ministry on both international and national routes, which will improve the value realisation on the agricultural ..

Policy to Lease Agricultural Land by Uttarakhand Government

The state government of Uttarakhand recently released a notification that it has made a policy to lease agricultural land, becoming the first Indian state to implement such a policy. As per the policy, any institution, company or NGO can take farmland on lease for 30 years, provided the leased land is a maximum of 30 ..

Stubble burning down in Punjab, Haryana, UP since 2016

Stubble burning is the setting up of fire to the left over straw that remains after harvesting of paddy, wheat etc. The Government restricted and discouraged this practice. However, it generally helps in killing slugs and pests and can reduce the nitrogen tie-up. The harmful effects are loss of nutrients, pollution from smoke and the ..

Prakritik Kheti Khushshal Kissan Yojana launched by Himachal Pradesh government

The Prakritik Kheti Khushshal Kissan Yojana (PKKKY) was launched by the Himachal Pradesh government to promote organic / Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) system. It is in news recently because out of the total 3,226 panchayats in the state, 2,209 have been brought under the ambit of the scheme. Under the scheme, farmers has been ..

Tamil Nadu becomes India’s first State to enact a law on contract farming

Tamil Nadu has become the first State in India to enact a law on contract farming after President Ram Nath Kovind gave assent to the Agricultural Produce and Livestock Contract Farming and Services (Promotion and Facilitation) Act. The law will safeguard interests of farmers during times of bumper crop or when prices fluctuate.

Karan Vandana is a new hybrid variety of Wheat

Karan Vandana (DBW 187) is a new hybrid wheat variety which is resistant to yellow rust and white blast and can give significantly higher yield than normal varieties. It is likely to be soon launched across the country. It is rich in protein & iron, and has high heat tolerance across the country. It has ..