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

Double-cropping in Assam to enhance farm yield

Assam government is planning to bring around 5 lakh hectares under double cropping pattern. In 2011, the Agriculture Department had launched double cropping in about 2, 90,000 hectares of mono-cropping land to enhance production and reach self-sufficiency in agriculture. Objective: To boost agriculture production and attain self-sufficiency in agriculture.

Govt. sanctions export of 2 million tonnes of wheat

In order to clear storage space for new crops, the government approved export of 2 million tonnes of wheat from its buffer stock with floor price of about Rs 12,400 per tonne. The decision was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, CCEA.

Government increases MSP of major Kharif crops

The government increased Minimum Support Price (MSPs) of primary kharif crops for the 2012-13 by up to 53 % that triggered concerns about further rise in food inflation. Why this rise in MSP (as it will trigger concerns about further rise in food inflation)? The raise was recommended by Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices ..

Govt allows fresh cotton exports

The Group of Ministers (GoM), meeting chaired by the Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, which reviewed the cotton exports situation has settled to allow fresh exports of cotton. It has also declared that a ban on suspension of fresh registrations be lifted. The GoM looked at the estimates of the cotton advisory board and the 3rd ..

Govt to sell more grains through open market, PDS

In order to clear space for stashing away fresh grains, several options are being considered by the Govt, including providing more food-grain into the PDS (Public Distribution System) and selling extra wheat via a re-worked open market sale scheme. The government plans to push in an additional 14 million tonnes of grains in the PDS ..

Government forms NCFC to provide in season crop forecasts, assessment of drought situation

The government launched National Crop Forecast Centre (NCFC) in New Delhi. The NCFC, named after great Indian statistician P.C. Mahalanobis, has been set up in collaboration with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). With the technical support from Space Application Centre, Ahmedabad and National Remote Sensing Centre, Hyderabad, NCFC will start providing crops forecasts and drought ..

Government bans cotton exports

In order to increase the supply of natural fibre in the domestic market of India, the Government has banned exports of cotton. In reference to this a notification was issued by the DGFT (Directorate General of Foreign Trade). The exports against registration certificates already issued will not be permitted. Already India has exported about 85,00,000 ..

News Today : February 3-4, 2012

ED files chargesheet against Kalmadi The ED (Enforcement Directorate) files a charge sheet against the sacked Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Organising Commission or OC, Suresh Kalmadi alongwith five of his colleagues for alleged financial irregularities in the Queens Baton Relay event held in 2009 in London. The chargesheet was filed under the Foreign Exchange Management ..