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Agriculture Current Affairs Part 1st & 2nd – NABARD Grade A / ICAR / UPSC – Free PDF Download

 

Q) Which state has launched the ‘Jai Kisan Rin Mukti Yojana‘?
A. Chhattisgarh
B. Manipur
C. Madhya Pradesh
D. Rajasthan

  • Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath aunched his government’s Rs 50,000-crore farm debt-waiver scheme named ‘Jai Kisan Rin Mukti Yojana’.

Q) Which Finance Bank (SFB) has announced the launch of ‘KisanSuvidha loan’ for small and marginal farmers?
A. Ujjivan
B. Janalakshmi
C. Equitas
D. Uttkarsh

  • jjivan Small Finance Bank (SFB) has announced the launch of ‘KisanSuvidha loan’ for small and marginal farmers. The collateral-free loans can be used by farmers for both agriculture and allied activities.
  • Ujjivan has launched the product in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Karnataka and Odisha. It provides loans to individuals with an amount ranging from Rs 60,000- Rs 2 lakh.

Q) Indian Banking Association (IBA) has marked the advisory recommendations to banks to exempt farmers from processing, documentation, and other various service charges for Kisan Credit Card loans up to Rs. _________ Lakhs?
A. 4 lakh
B. 3 lakh
C. 2 lakh
D. 5 lakh

  • Indian Banking Association (IBA) has marked the advisory recommendations from banks to exempt farmers from processing, documentation, inspection, ledger folio charge and various service charges for Kisan Credit Card loans upto Rs. 3 Lakhs
  • Kisan Credit Card aims to provide adequate and timely monetary help from banks to farmers to meet short term credit requirement for agriculture purposes

Q) Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme under which how much amount will be provided per year to small and marginal farmer families?
A. 5,000
B. 6,000
C. 4,000
D. 3,000

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme in Gorakhpur.
  • PM-KISAN scheme, announced in the interim Budget, released earlier this month will provide Rs 6,000 per year to small and marginal farmer families having combined land holding/ownership of upto 2 hectares. The amount will be given in3 installments of Rs 2,000 each

Q) Which bank has acquired 9.9 per cent stake in nonbanking finance company Kisan Finance for cash consideration of Rs 18 crore?
A. Axis Bank
B. Punjab National Bank
C. ICICI Bank
D. Yes Bank

  • ICICI Bank said it has acquired 9.9 per cent stake in non-banking finance company Kisan Finance for cash consideration of Rs 17.82 crore
  • Kisan Rural Finance Ltd (Kisan Finance), was incorporated in December 2017

Q) Who has bagged the 1st prize of DD Mahila Kisan Award for2018-19 ?
A. Swati Shingade
B. Nisha Sarwate
C. Minakshi Apte
D. Anushka Singh

Q) Bank of Baroda has signed MoU with how many companies to develop an agriculture digital platform, ‘Baroda Kisan’ that will provide solutions for agricultural requirements?
A. Five
B. Four
C. Six
D. Seven

  • Bank of Baroda has signed MoU with six companies to develop an agriculture digital platform, ‘Baroda Kisan that will provide solutions for agricultural requirements.
  • The platform aims to solve agricultural plights by providing reliable and customized information, inputs for use, the convenience of renting farm equipment, and market linkage for sale of agriculture produce.

Q) Government has approved the farmers pension scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Pension Yojana’ under which a monthly pension of how much rupee will be given?
A. Rs 2000
B. Rs 3000
C. Rs 1500
D. Rs 2500

  • Pradhan Mantri Kisan Pension Yojana :
  • Minimum age to join the scheme- 18
  • Maximum age – 40
  • Upon attaining the age of 60, farmers will get a minimum fixed pension of Rs 3000 per month.
  • Initially, the scheme will cover 5 crore farmers in the first 3 years.
  • In case of the death of the beneficiary, the spouse will get 50% of the amount.

Q) Center has directs banks to issue Kisan Credit Cards within which time frame of submitting application?
A. 20 days
B. 1 week
C. 1 month
D. 2 weeks

  • The central government has asked the banks to issue Kisan Credit Cards (KCC) to eligible farmers within 2 weeks of submitting the application.
  • Currently, there are 6.95 crores active KCCs, under which crops loans are given at a subsidized interest rate.

Q) What is the monthly amount that farmers are required to invest under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Pension Yojana to avail the pension benefit?
A. Rs 150
B. Rs 100
C. Rs 50
D. Rs 200

  • The Government has announced that farmers will be required to contribute Rs 100 per month under the newly launched Pradhan Mantri Kisan Pension Yojana (PMKPY) for the monthly pension.

Q) Which state has announced to waive off the Irrigation Tax (Sinchai Kar) for farmers?
A. Madhya Pradesh
B. Rajasthan
C. Chhattisgarh
D. Uttar Pradesh

  • Chhattisgarh, chief minister Bhupesh Baghel on January 26, 2019 announced that the Irrigation Tax (Sinchai Kar) for farmers in the states till October 2018 will be waived off. This will amount to Rs 207 crore.
  • This will benefit around 15 lakh farmers and waive of irrigation loans pending from around 15 years.

Q) Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) has signed an agreement with which exchange company to guide farmer producer organizations(FPOs) and allied institutions?
A. BSE
B. NSE
C. CSE
D. NCDEX

  • A MoU has been signed between The National Commodity & Derivatives Exchange Ltd (NCDEX) and Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) to guide farmer producer organizations(FPOs) and allied institutions.
  • They provide their support through training sessions, handholding, and leadership development.

Q) Which of the following has started National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) to attract talent and strengthen higher agricultural education in the country?
A. NABARD
B. National Agricultural Council
C. Ministry of agriculture and farmers welfare
D. Indian Council of Agricultural Research

  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) launched the National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) to attract talent and strengthen higher agricultural education in the country.
  • It is inaugurated at the fourth Convention of 2-day “Agrivision-2019” organized by Vidyarthi Kalyan Nyas in Pusa, New Delhi.
  • This project (Rs 1100 crore) is to be funded by the World Bank and the Indian Government on a 50:50 basis.

Q) To boost liquidity in the farming sector, particularly among small and marginal farmers, the RBI has announced to increase the limit of collateral-free agriculture loans to Rs _____ lakh?
A. 2.5 lakh
B. 1.6 lakh
C. 1.8 lakh
D. 2 lakh

  • To boost liquidity in the farming sector, particularly among small and marginal farmers, the RBI announced increasing the limit on collateral-free agriculture loans to Rs 1.6 lakh from Rs 1 lakh. 
  • This will enhance coverage of small and marginal farmers in the formal credit system. 
  • In 2010, the collateral-free limit for crop loans and term loans was hiked from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh.

Q) Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has issued Categorization of farmers in agriculture census. Agriculture census is conducted in every ____ years?
A. Four years
B. Three years
C. Ten years
D. Five years

  • Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Issued Categorization of farmers in agriculture census. 
  • Agriculture census was held at 2015-16 which is conducted in every five years.

Q) Which of the following states has launched the Annadata Sukhibhava scheme 2019 for farmers?
A. Karnataka
B. Odisha
C. Andhra Pradesh
D. Tamil Nadu

  • Andhra Pradesh Government has announced a scheme Annadata Sukhibhava scheme 2019 for its farmers under which Rs 9000(per year) each to the farmers with less than 5 acres will be given.
  • This is in addition to the Rs 6,000 announced by the Central Government under the PM-Kisan Scheme.
  • Farmers having land more than 5 acres, will be given Rs 10,000 per year.

Q) Which two countries have lodged formal complaint against India in World Trade Organisation (WTO), alleging that India’s continued sugar subsidies to farmers have led to “glut” and “depressed” global prices?
A. Spain, Australia
B. Sweden, England
C. Brazil, Australia
D. Argentina, Brazil

  • According to Brazil and Australia, India’s sugar subsidy regime was inconsistent with WTO rules and had helped create glut in global sugar market. It Is hurting sugarcane growers and sugar millers in Australia, Brazil or other countries. It is not consistent with WTO rules and does not provide level playing field.

Q) To provide short-term crop loans up to Rs 3 lakh to farmers at an interest rate of 7 per cent, the RBI has decided to offer interest subvention of what per cent per annum to lending institutions?
A. 3 %
B. 2.5 %
C. 2 %
D. 1.5%

  • RBI notifies 2% interest subsidy scheme for short-term crop loans
  • To provide short-term crop loans up to Rs 3 lakh to farmers at an interest rate of 7 per cent, the RBI said it has been decided to offer interest subvention of 2 per cent per annum to lending institutions.
  • Under the scheme, an additional 2 per cent interest subvention is provided to farmers repaying loans promptly. For such farmers, the effective rate of short-term crop loans works out to be 4 per cent per annum.

Q) Which company has sued four Indian farmers for cultivating a potato variety that the snack food and drinks maker claims infringes its patent?
A. PepsiCo
B. Parle Agro
C. ITC Limited
D. HUL

  • PepsiCo sued potato farmers in Gujarat for Rs 1.05 crore each over patent infringement.
  •  The corporate giant has claimed that the farmers are cultivating their proprietary FC5 potatoes without permission.
  • This variety of potatoes is designed to be low in moisture and sugar content compared to other spuds, and is used for making the trademark product: Lay’s.

Q) KVIC has distributed more than one lakh beeboxes among farmers and unemployed youths across India in less two years under which mission?
A. Sweet Revolution
B. Honey Mission
C. Banas Honey Project
D. Bee Mission

  • The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) distributed more than one lakh bee-boxes among farmers and unemployed youths across India in less two years under its ‘Honey Mission’ initiative. 
  • This is the first time such mass scale distribution of honey bee boxes has taken place in country.
  • About Honey Mission
  •  It was launched in August 2017 in line with PM Narendra Modi’s call for ‘Sweet Revolution’ (revolution in production of honey to increase its production) in 2016 while introducing Banas Honey project at Deesa in Gujarat

 

Q) The ‘farmers’ parliament’, the first of its kind in the country was organized in which state?
A. Assam
B. Sikkim
C. Tripura
D. Meghalaya

  •  The ‘farmers’ parliament’, the first of its kind in the country, was organised in Meghalaya and attended by scientists, bureaucrats, apart from farmers, to discuss issues related to the agriculture situation in the State

Q) The Reserve Bank of India will observe the Financial Literacy Week from June 3-7, 2019 based on which theme?
A. Artificial Intelligence
B. Digital Market
C. Farmers
D. Small Traders

  • The Reserve Bank of India will observe the Financial Literacy Week from June 3-7, 2019.
  • The theme for 2019 is Farmers.
  • Financial Literacy Week is organised by RBI to promote awareness on key topics every year through a focused campaign.

Q) The Government has approved the extension of Prime Minister Kisan Sammaan Yojana to all farmers, earlier it was applicable to only those farmers having ______ hectares of land?
A. 1 ha
B. 3 ha
C. 4 ha
D. 2 ha

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 31, 2019 has approved the extension of Prime Minister Kisan Sammaan Yojana to all farmers, benefiting around 14 crore 50 lakh farmers of the country.
  • Previously, this benefit was applicable to only those farmers having 2 hectacre land.

Q) Which state will launch the ‘Rythu Bharosa’ scheme for the farmers?
A. Tamil Nadu
B. Odisha
C. Andhra Pradesh
d. Kerala

  • The Andhra Pradesh government has announced the launch of a new farmer support scheme, named YSR Rythu Bharosa.
  •  It will be launched on October 15, 2019. It will replace the Annadaata Sukhibhava Scheme of the previous government. 
  • It will offer investment support of Rs. 12,500 per annum per farmer. It will also provide free crop insurance and interest-free loans to farmers. In total Rs 50,000 will be given to a farmer in four installments of Rs 12,500.
  •  Eligibility: Farmers with land area less than 5 acres. 
  • It must be noted that the financial assistance of Rs. 15,000 per annum per farmer was provided under the Annadaata Sukhibhava Scheme.

Q) Which state government has decided to waive NonPerforming Asset loans of about 1 lakh farmers, who owe about Rs 965 crore to commercial banks?
A. Andhra Pradesh
B. Karnataka
C. Odisha
D. Gujarat

  • The Karnataka government decided to waive Non Performing Asset loans of about one lakh farmers, who owe about Rs 965 crore to commercial banks.
  • The money will be deposited in the accounts of eligible farmers in one instalment

Q) Which state government has fixed Rs 5000 as minimum aid to calamity-hit farmers?
A. Gujarat
B. Uttar Pradesh
c. Madhya Pradesh
d. Rajasthan

  • The Madhya Pradesh government has announced to provide 5,000 rupees in minimum compensation to small and marginal farmers in the event of crop loss due to natural calamities.

Q) Government has set up how many Krishi Vigyan Kendras to double farmers’ income by 2022?
A. 678
B. 713
C. 456
D. 578

  • The Government has set up 713 Krishi Vigyan Kendras and 684 Agricultural Technology Management Agencies at the district level in the country for dissemination of technologies among the farming community.
    This is aimed at meeting the target of doubling the farmers’ income by 2022.

Q) 3-Day Long Krishi Kumbh was held in which of the following states?
A. Jharkhand
B. Bihar
C. Uttar Pradesh
D. Uttarakhand

  • In Bihar, Governor Lalji Tandon and Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh jointly inaugurated the three-day Krishi Kumbh in Motihari.
  • Over fifteen thousand farmers from different states and about two hundred agricultural scientists are participating in the Kumbh.
  • The objective of Krishi Kumbh is to promote modern techniques and diversification in agriculture that could help in doubling farmers income

Q) Which country has initiated new dispute complaint against India over sugar subsidies provided to farmers at World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Canada
Slovenia
Guatemala
Honduras

  • Guatemala has initiated new dispute complaint against India over sugar subsidies provided to farmers at World Trade Organization (WTO), alleging that it is inconsistent with global trade rules

Agri part II

 

Q) Which State has launched the Atal Solar Krishi Pump Yojana (ASKP)?
A. Gujarat
B. Uttar Pradesh
C. Madhya Pradesh
D. Maharashtra

  • Maharashtra has launched the Atal Solar Krishi Pump Yojana (ASKP) for farmers with a subsidy of up to 95 per cent on solar pumpsets. The State plans to install one lakh solar pumps.
  • Farmers with less than five acres will have to pay 5 per cent of the cost of a 3 HP solar pump while farmers with more than five acres will get a 5 HP solar pump and the sops.
  • To encourage farmers to use solar agriculture pumps, the Maharashtra government has decided to give two LED bulbs, a DC fan and a mobile charging socket as freebies.

Q) Srei Equipment Finance has tied up with which bank to jointly provide financing for construction and farm equipment?
A. Federal bank
B. Syndicate Bank
C. Axis Bank
D. Yes Bank

  • Srei Equipment Finance, a wholly owned subsidiary of Srei Infrastructure Finance, has tied up with state-owned Syndicate Bank to jointly provide financing for construction and farm equipment.
  • Under the arrangement, Syndicate Bank would leverage on its low-cost funds and co-lend equipment loans with Srei at a mutually agreed rate. The arrangement had been done under
    the aegis of Reserve Bank of India.

Q) Which state will get the first goat fertility lab in the state under Rastriya Krashi Vikas Yojna at the cost of Rs 22 crore?
A. Jharkhand
B. Bihar
C. Rajasthan
D. Uttar Pradesh

  • Deen Dayal Veterinary University in Uttar Pradesh proposed to set up the first goat fertility lab in the state under Rastriya Krashi Vikas Yojna at the cost of Rs 22 crore.
  • The University has entered into a contract with Pradeshik cooperative Dairy Federation for marketing.
  • Woman involved in goat farming would be trained to prepare Mazrela cheese from goat milk
  • Mazrela cheese is nutritious and tasty and would fetch more income as it is in demand in various hotels.

Q) Agri-Vision 2019, a two-day conference on ‘Envisioning Agro Solutions for Smart and Sustainable Agriculture was held at?
A. Patna
B. Ranchi
C. Hyderabad
D. Delhi

  • Agri-Vision 2019, a two-day conference on ‘Envisioning Agro Solutions for Smart and Sustainable Agriculture’ was held at Hyderabad.
  • Agriculture sector accounts for 18 per cent of India’s GDP and provides employment to 50 per cent of the workforce of the country.
  • The Gross Value Added by agriculture, forestry and fishing is estimated at Rs 17.67 trillion (US$ 274.23 billion) in FY18.
  • During 2017-18 crop year, food grain production is estimated at record 284.83 million tonnes

Q)Which of the following has started National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) to attract talent and strengthen higher agricultural education in the country?
A. NABARD
B. National Agricultural Council
C. Ministry of agriculture and farmers welfare
D. Indian Council of Agricultural Research

  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) launched the National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) to attract talent and strengthen higher agricultural education in the country.
  • This project (Rs 1100 crore) is to be funded by the World Bank and the Indian Government on a 50:50 basis.

Q)The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved a proposal seeking the establishment of which aayog to conserve, protect and develop India’s cattle population?
A. Rashtriya Gau Aayog
B. Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog
C. Rashtriya Gau Sewa Aayog
D. Rashtriya Gau Sanrakshan Aayog

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved a proposal seeking the establishment of ‘Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog’ to conserve, protect and develop India’s cattle population.
  • The Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog will work in collaboration with veterinary, animal sciences or agriculture universities, departments or organisations of the central/state government engaged in the task of research in the field of breeding and rearing of cows, organic manure, and biogas.

Q)An expert committee set up by the government has recommended setting the minimum wage at Rs _____ a day for agriculture or unskilled workers?
A. Rs 400
B. Rs 398
C. Rs 375
D. Rs 412

  • An expert committee set up by the government has recommended setting the minimum wage at Rs 375 a day, higher than the existing rate of Rs 321 for agriculture or unskilled workers and Rs 371 for semi-skilled workers.
  • The committee has come up with a new methodology that does away with the variation in wages based on sector, skills and location. It has proposed a “balanced diet approach” to compute minimum wages.
  • The recommendations, if accepted, will result in a wage bracket ranging from Rs 340 for Bihar and Uttar Pradesh to Rs 447 for Gujarat.

Q) Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani launched the Integrated Large Scale Eri Farming in which of the following states?
A. Nagaland
B. Assam
C. Mizoram
D. Arunachal Pradesh

  • The Integrated Large Scale Eri Farming in Arunachal Pradesh under North East Region Textile Promotion Scheme (NERTPS) was launched in Itanagar.
  • Initially, the Project will cover five districts of the state, that are: Papumpare, East Kameng, Siang, East Siang and West Siang.
  • About one thousand acres land will be covered for Eri Farming in the chosen districts of the state.
  • Government has decided to provide financial assistance to 4000 beneficiaries under NERTPS.

Q)Under the World Bank funded project – Agribusiness and Rural Transformation (APART), Rice Knowledge Bank web portal of whish state was launched?
A. West Bengal
B. Kerala
C. Assam
D. Chhattisgarh

  • Rice Knowledge Bank launched under World-bank funded Assam Agribusiness & Rural Transformation (APART) project Rice Knowledge Bank-Assam, is an agriculture web portal.
  • It is dedicated to magnifying knowledge on rice production technologies and techniques, best production practices and state agriculture facts.
  • It was launched under the World Bank funded project – Agri-business and Rural Transformation (APART).

Q) Who has been elected as the new Director General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)?
A. William Nobel Clark
B. James Butler
C. Herbert Broadley
D. Qu Dongyu

  • Qu Dongyu of China has been elected as the new DirectorGeneral of the United Nations Food and Agricultur Organization (FAO) based in Rome, Italy.
  • He is the first Chinese national to be elected as FAO DirectorGeneral. Ramesh Chand was nominated by India for the post of Director General of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)

Q)Which state will develop 100 trout farms for production of carp fish this year?
A. Goa
B. Kerala
C. Himachal Pradesh
D. Karnataka

  • Himachal Pradesh will develop 100 trout farms for production of carp fish this year. It will provide employment to over 550 people.
  • The government plans to set up two trout hatcheries under the public-private partnership (PPP) initiative to provide seeds. A smoked trout and fillet canning centre would also be set up in the Kullu district.
  • Three retail outlets, one each in Kangra, Chamba and Shimla district, will be established to ensure appropriate marketing support to the trout production.

Q)Government has introduced a TMA scheme to provide financial assistance for exporting specified agriculture products to international market. What does “M” in TMA stands for?
A. Marketing
B. Money
C. Medium
D. Micro

  • The Government of India has come up with a scheme called ‘Transport and Marketing Assistance’ (TMA) to provide financial assistance for exporting specified agriculture products to international market.
  • The assistance will be given for the international component of freight and marketing of agricultural produce which in turn will reduce the cost of transportation as well as promote brand recognition for Indian agricultural products in the specified overseas markets.
  • Currently the scheme will be effective from 1 March 2019 to 31 March 2020.

Q) Who has been appointed as the new Chairman of Agricultural Scientific Recruitment Board (ASRB)?
A. Aditya Kumar Mishra
B. Sushil Kumar
C. Sandeep Bansal
D. Anugrah Verma

  • Aditya Kumar Misra, veterinary professor and former Vice Chancellor of GB University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, has been appointed as the new Chairman of Agricultural Scientific Recruitment Board (ASRB), according to  sources.

Q) Who has been awarded Lifetime achievement National Grassroots Innovators award for his innovations in new varieties of agriculture crops?
A. Periyasami Ramasami
B. Prakash Singh Raghuvanshi
C. Anup Badal
D. Ram Kishan Singh

  • President Ramnath Kovind awarded National Grassroots Innovators at Grambharti near Gandhinagar in Gujarat.
  • Prakash Singh Raghuvanshi (Uttar Pradesh) has been awarded Lifetime achievement award for his innovations in new varieties of agriculture crops.
  • The President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated FINE 2019, the Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on March 15, 2019.

Q)The University Grants Commission (UGC) has prohibited imparting distance degree programmes in which stream?
A. Artificial Intelligence
B. Yoga
C. Agriculture
D. Disaster Management

  • March, The University Grants Commission (UGC) has prohibited imparting distance degree programmes in agriculture.
  • As per UGC Open and Distance Learning Regulations, 2017, professional programmes such as medicine, engineering, and architecture, are not permitted to be offered in distance mode.
  • To protect the interest of the students already enrolled to the agriculture degree programme, the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) has been requested for hand-holding of such institutions.

Q) 2019 Global Report on Food Crises was released by which organization?
A. United Nations
B. World Economic Forum
C. Food & Agriculture Organization
D. International Food Policy Research Institute

  • The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) makes the following observations in the 2019 Global Report on Food Crises report
  • More than 113 million people across 53 countries experienced “acute hunger” last year because of wars and climate disasters, with Africa the worst-hit region.
  • Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan and Syria were among the eight nations accounting for two-thirds of the total number of people worldwide exposed to the risk of famine
  • African Nations were “disproportionally” affected as close to 72 million people on the continent suffered acute hunger.

Q) India has signed an agreement with the National Bankfor Agri culture and Rural Development Consultancy Service (NABCONS) for setting up the India-Africa Institute of Agriculture and Rural Development (IAIARD) in which country?
A. Malawi
B. Peru
C. Nigeria
D. South Sudan

  • India to set up agriculture institute in Malawi India has signed an agreement with the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Consultancy Service (NABCONS) for setting up the India-Africa Institute of Agriculture and Rural Development (IAIARD) in Malawi, a landlocked country in southeastern Africa
  • The agreement is a part of India’s efforts to enhance capacity in the areas of agro-financing and
    entrepreneurship development for African countries.

Q) The commerce ministry has unveiled a blockchain-based e-marketplace for the farmers growing?
A. Coffee
B. Tea
C. Cotton
D. Wheat

  • The commerce ministry has launched a blockchain-based coffee e-marketplace to help farmers integrate with markets so that they can realise fair prices for the commodity.
  • The blockchain will also reduce the number of layers between coffee growers and buyers and help farmers double their income.
  • This pilot project will help integrate the farmers with markets in a transparent manner and lead to realisation of fair price for the coffee producer

Q)Which country’s Department of Agriculture has announced to soon remove the practice of using cats in research work?
A. Australia
B. New Zealand
C. Japan
D. USA

  • US Department of Agriculture closes ‘kitten slaughterhouse’
  • • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced to soon remove the practice of using cats in research work.
  • • According to a watchdog group, the use of cats involved forced “cannibalism” and resulted in killing of over 3000 cats since 1982.

Q) NABARD has launched Rs 700-crore worth Venture Capital Fund named “what” for Agri & Rural Startups?
Nabventures
Nabardfund
Nabfunds
Ruralfund

Q)Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited (TAFE) has signed whom as the brand ambassador for Massey Ferguson tractors?
A. Sachin Tendulkar
B. Varun Dhawan
C. Akshay Kumar
D. Hrithik Roshan

Q)India has signed an MoU with which country’s ISE Foods in order to improve poultry farms?
A. Russia
B. Japan
C. China
D. Israel

  • India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Japan’s largest egg producer, ISE Foods, in a bid to improve the quality of eggs, waste management and disease diagnosis in poultry farms across the country.
  • The ISE’s egg production process, almost fully automated, is considered most hygienic in the world.
  • With two poultry farms, ISE Foods will soon commence its operations in India. One unit will be established in Gujarat’s Surat city, while a larger unit with a production capacity of 1.2 million strong-chicken farm eggs will be set up in Telangana’s Siddipet.

Q) In which state Fall Armyworm, a pest which can cause extensive damage to standing crops within a very short time has been detected?
A. Mizoram
B. Tripura
C. Assam
D. Arunachal Pradesh

  • In Arunachal Pradesh, Fall Armyworm, a pest which can cause extensive damage to standing crops within a very short time has been detected.
  • A report from the College of Horticulture & Forestry in East Siang District has said that the highly invasive pest has been found in maize in its campus.
  • The report says the pest can attack a wide range of crops including  rice, sugarcane and vegetables
  • The pest occurrence is severe and can multiply in geometric proportions within no time.

Q)Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for protecting which cattle breed recently?
A. Nagori
B. Ongole
C. Kenkatha
D. Bargur

  • Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for protecting Ongole cattle breed on May 20, 2019.
  • Vice President Venkaiah Naidu released a compendium on Ongole breed of cattle at Vijayawada recently.
  • Vice President Venkaiah Naidu highlighted that Brazil has imported these cattle breeds and produced hybrid Ongoles to earn huge revenue through export. While in India this cattle is neglected.

Q) Exim Bank has entered into an agreement with which country to provide line of credit worth USD 150 million to support agricultural projects?
A. Ghana
B. Zambia
C. Eswatini
D. Angola

Exim Bank supported line of credit of USD 150 million to Ghana The USD 150 million for Ghana will be used for financing strengthening of agriculture mechanisation services centres.

 

 

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