18 Model Questions on GS-III: Issues Related to Direct and Indirect Farm Subsidies and Minimum Support Prices for UPSC Mains Examinations

  1. As a member of World Trade Organization (WTO), mention the domestic support measures available to countries under the Agreement on Agriculture. In this context, analyse the ‘peace clause’ provision.
  2. Explain the difference between direct and indirect farm subsidies and also mention their merits and demerits.
  3. India’s policy of price intervention in the agricultural sector has done more harm than benefit. It has created a skewed agricultural market and complicated matters related to international trade rules. Critically discuss.
  4. Discuss the challenges faced by jute industry in India. What are the steps taken by the government to address these challenges?
  5. There are several issues that are plaguing the crop procurement process in India. Discuss the measures to strengthen crop procurement in India.
  6. How a multi-prolonged strategy can aid in addressing farm distress?