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Kisan Rath App Part of: GS-III-Food Security (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare has launched ‘Kisan Rath’ mobile application (app) to facilitate transportation of foodgrains and perishable during lockdown. The application has been developed by the National Informatics Centre -NIC (backed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology). It will be available i
A grain stockist with a role still relevant By, Sudha Narayanan is Associate Professor, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai Introduction For several years now, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) has drawn attention for all the wrong reasons. Set up under the Food Corporations Act 1964, in its first decade, the FCI was at the forefront of India’s quest of self-sufficiency in rice and wheat following the Green Revolution, managing procurement and stocking gr
One Nation One Ration Card system. Context The timeline given to all States/UTs, under the Aadhaar notification of the Department of Food and Public Distribution dated 07.02.2017 (as amended from time-to-time) to complete the seeding of Aadhaar numbers with all ration cards/beneficiaries, has been extended up to 30/09/2020 by the Department. Further, instructions are also issued that food grains under NFSA shall not be denied due to failure of biometric / Aadhaar authentication of bene
Desert Locusts Context Agriculture Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar interacts with Pesticide Industry representatives on the Desert Locust Control. Central and State Governments are working together on the Desert Locust Control measures and have been able to check its spread. New machines have been ordered from the United Kingdom and will arrive soon. About Desert Locusts With the arrival of the monsoon, locust swarms enter the Scheduled Desert Areas of India via Pakistan for
Milk under price stabilisation fund To create additional domestic demand for milk the agriculture ministry has sought inclusion of the milk under the Price Stabilisation Fund scheme. If milk is included in the Price Stabilisation Fund, it would enable states to distribute milk through the public distribution system. The Price Stabilization Fund (PSF) was set up under the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Famers Welfare (DAC&FW) and later transferred to Department of Consumer
Minimum Support Price Paper- GS-3 Food security (PT-M-IV) The MSP is the rate at which the government buys grains from farmers. Reason behind the idea of MSP is to counter price volatility of agricultural commodities due to the factors like variation in their supply, lack of market integration and information asymmetry. The MSP is fixed on the recommendations of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) (PT). Factors taken into consideration for fixing MSP include
Grain aplenty and the crisis of hunger By, Dipa Sinha teaches at Ambedkar University Delhi Context # With the economic crisis continuing on the one hand and the health system crumbling under the burden of rising COVID-19 cases on the other, unemployment is high and it will take a while for lost livelihoods to be rebuilt, especially given the fact that India was already facing an economic slowdown along with high levels of inequality. # It is absolutely essential that food support in
Higher Food Prices GS-Paper-3 Economy Inflation (Mains) Recently, the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition in New York has conducted a study titled “Pandemic Prices: Covid-19 Price Shocks and their Implications for Nutrition Security in India”. It analysed prices of cereals (wheat and rice) and non-cereals (onion, tomatoes, potatoes, five pulses and eggs) in 11 tier-1 and tier-2 cities from 1st March-31st May 202
Fighting COVID-19 and food insecurity requires new ideas Introduction: The Covid-19 pandemic has severely derailed development across the world and has compounded the pre-crisis levels of food insecurity and malnutrition with job losses, supply chain disruptions, and declines in revenue from key exports and remittances. World Food Programme predicts that the number of people facing acute food insecurity around the world will almost double to 270 million, including 121 million new food
Food Security and Food Commissions in India - UPSC Context: UPSC GS Paper III Food Security of India (Prelims Mains Interview) What is in the news? Activists of Rajasthan are upset about the new Food Commission. What is National Food Security Act, 2013? (Except Antyodaya Anna Yojana) In PUCL vs Union of India, SC said Right to food is essential to Right to Life (Art 21). Hence NFSA has a rights based approach. Objective is to provide for food and nutritional sec
Union Cabinet has approved the PLI (Production Linked Incentive) Scheme for Food Processing Industry. About PLI scheme for Food Processing Industry The scheme will be implemented over a 6-year period from 2021-22 to 2026-27. The scheme aims to support the creation of global food manufacturing champions according to the natural resources of India. Objectives of the Scheme PLI scheme will support food manufacturing organizations with stipulated minimum sales.
The Union Minister for Science and Technology will launch a mission called `Aahaar Kranti’. About Aahaar Kranti Mission: Vijnana Bharati (Vibha) and the Global Indian Scientists’ and Technocrats’ Forum (GIST) will launch Aahaar Kranti Mission. The mission will aim to spread the message of the need for a nutritionally balanced diet. It will highlight the importance of being accessible to all local fruits and vegetables. Key Features of the Mission: The m
Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) FAO is a specialised agency of UN that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Headquarters: Rome, Italy Founded on: 16 October 1945. World Food Day is celebrated every year on 16th October to mark the anniversary of the founding of the FAO in 1945. India is a member of FAO. Its sister bodies are the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Goal of FAO: Achieve food secu
Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY) is a scheme as part of Atmanirbhar Bharat to supply free food grains to migrants and poor. Under this special scheme (PMGKAY), around 80 Crore NFSA beneficiaries covered under both categories of NFSA, namely Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and Priority Householders (PHH), will be provided with an additional quota of free-of-cost foodgrains (Rice/Wheat) at a scale of 5 Kg per person per month, over and above their regular monthly entitlements un
Recently Min of Food Supplies taked about modernizing Central Warehousing Corporation and improving its storage capacities. Other modernizing aspects that were talked about were: doubling its warehouse storage capacity by end of year 2023 and achieve a turnover of Rs 10000 crore tariff rationalization and setting of warehouses should be done independently by CWC without any bureaucratic interference He said that maximum powers of decisio
PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY): Critical Analysis Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY) is a scheme as part of Atmanirbhar Bharat to supply free food grains to migrants and poor. Under this special scheme (PMGKAY), around 80 Crore NFSA beneficiaries covered under both categories of NFSA, namely Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and Priority Householders (PHH), will be provided with an additional quota of free-of-cost foodgrains (Rice/Wheat) at a scale of 5 Kg per person per
National Food Security Mission (NFSM) on Oilseeds, Oil palm and Pulses In order to enhance production and productivity of Oilseeds and Pulses, the Government of India is implementing National Food Security Mission (NFSM) on Oilseeds, Oil palm and Pulses. NFSM - Pulses programme The NFSM - Pulses programme is implemented in 644 districts of 28 States and Union Territories (UTs) of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. Under the programme, incentives are given to the farmers for clu
About ONORC The One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC) is an ambitious plan and endeavour of the Department to ensure seamless delivery of subsidised food-security entitlements to all beneficiaries covered under the National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA), irrespective of their physical location anywhere in the country. The objective of this programme is to empower all NFSA beneficiaries to be self-reliant for their food security anywhere in the country, through portability of their same ex
Tenure: Launched in 2007 (11th Five Year Plan) for additional production of rice, wheat and pulses. The National Food Security Mission (NFSM) aims at increasing production of rice, wheat, pulses, coarse cereals and nutri-cereals through area expansion and productivity enhancement in the identified districts of the country; improving soil fertility, farm level productivity besides, transfer of technology through demonstrations and trainings, incentives on critical inputs like quali
BENEFITS OF RICE FORTIFICATION Center to boost the supply of fortified rice started the second phase of the distribution of fortified rice from April 1. Its main aim is to supply the fortified rice to beneficiaries of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and the Pradhan Mantra Poshan Shakti Nirman (PM-POSHAN) Scheme. Food cooperation of India had procured about 90 lakh tonnes of fortified rice and about 2.2lakh tonnes had been supplied to 90 districts in 16 states. Ric
NATIONAL FOOD SECURITY ACT: EXPLAINED The National Food Security Act (NFSA) beneficiaries numbering 70 lakh have recently been discovered by the Union government to be questionable. Key Points Nearly 70 lakh beneficiaries were recently identified as suspects following a similar process, and the data has now once again been forwarded to the relevant states for on-the-ground verification. States removed or canceled 4.74 crore ration cards between 2013 and 2021. This would mean that
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