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Agriculture Current Affairs- Feb 4, 2023

  1. Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos, the president of the Philippines and the secretary of agriculture, emphasised the need to increase the area planted with onions and to provide farmers with onion seeds for proliferation.

2-The UN Food Systems Stocktaking Moment will be held in Rome from July 24-26 at the offices of the Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN’s Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Antonio Tajani said (FAO).

Antonio Tajani

3-In July 2021, Italy hosted the Pre-Food Systems Summit in Rome, a comprehensive preparation gathering that brought together leaders and many stakeholders.

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4-Qu Dongyu, director general of the FAO, expressed his complete support for the stocktaking conference and the transformation of agrifood systems to be more effective, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable for better productivity, nutrition, the environment, and a life that leaves no one behind.

Qu Dongyu

5-According to a government data released on Friday, Japan’s exports of agricultural, fisheries, and forestry products increased 14.3% in 2022 compared to the previous year to a record 1.4 trillion yen ($10.88 billion), marking the country’s tenth consecutive milestone-breaking year.

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6-The Union Budget 2023 included a number of initiatives for the benefit of the agricultural sector, from the creation of an Agri-tech startup fund to an increase in agricultural loans.

  • In comparison to the previous budget, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has received Rs 1,15,531.79 crore for all Centrally Sponsored Schemes.

7-Nagaland is having its two-day Orange Festival. To honour the dedication of orange producers, the state is hosting the Nagaland Fruit Festival.

  • The Rusoma Village council was in charge of planning the Nagaland Fruit Festival. The horticultural department and council collaborated to organise the festival.

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8-Only 10% of the Indian land is being used for horticulture. However, 33% of agricultural income comes from it. The GoI started the “Atmanirbhat Horticulture Clean Plant Programme” to raise the value of horticulture crops and to promote productivity. The program’s primary goal is to enhance the supply of plant material free from disease. This will contribute to raising the worth of horticulture crops. For this programme, the GoI allotted Rs 2,200 crores.

  1. Around 73.5% of people in rural India are literate. The majority of farmers in India lack knowledge of organic farming, contemporary farming techniques, and successful animal husbandry concepts. The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare recently held the Krishi Mahotsav to train people in these disciplines. The ministry held displays and trained farmers throughout the occasion. The occasion took place at Kota, Rajasthan.

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10-Marginal farmers are those whose land area is smaller than one hectare, according to the Reserve Bank of India. Additionally, little farmers are those who have a plot of land between one and two hectares in size. These farmers will benefit greatly from the Krishi Mahotsav. Their ability to use technology will greatly aid them.

11-In 2021, the Aviation Ministry approved the deployment of drone technology by the Central Mine Planning and Design Institute (CMPDI) in India’s coal fields. Following the directive, the coal ministry-run Mahanadi coal fields in Odisha recently began using drones in their operations. The site and the drone system both go by the moniker VIHANGAM. According to this, drones can be accessed by authorised users at a 40 Mbps internet speed.

12- To alleviate the fodder shortage crisis in India, the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying suggested the establishment of fodder-centric FPOs in 2020.

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13-There are more than 2000 new agribusiness businesses throughout the nation. The Indian government is attempting to raise this number to 10,000.

14-Agriculture is the foundation of the Indian economy, accounting for 53.89 percent of the country’s GVA.

15- The Finance Minister included Rs. 1.25 lakh crores for agriculture in the Union Budget 2023–24. One of the budget’s top seven goals was agriculture. The Finance Minister stated that the Government of India will establish the Agriculture Accelerator Fund during the presentation of the budget in the parliament.

Nirmala Sitharaman

16-There are already more than 20 million kirana outlets, or grocery stores, in India. These stores have been digitalized to keep their clientele during the pandemic.

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