November 2018 AgriExam

Agriculture Current Affairs October 2018

 

Which state launched ‘Soura Jalanidhi’ scheme to increase use of solar energy for helping farmers in irrigation, on 30th October 2018?

  • Bihar
  • Assam
  • Odisha
  • Rajasthan
  • None of these

Answer – 3) Odisha

Explanation:

On October 30, 2018, Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik launched ‘Soura Jalanidhi’ scheme to increase use of solar energy for helping farmers in irrigation. ‘Soura Jalanidhi’ is a dug well based solar pump irrigation system in convergence mode. The total cost of the scheme allocated by the state government is: Rs. 27.18 crore in the 2018-19 financial year. Under this scheme, 5,000 solar pumps will be provided to farmers at a subsidy of 90 per cent to irrigate 2,500 acres of land. The Chief Minister distributed four go-ahead orders for installation of solar pump to the farmers.

  1. Which company won 1st prize in ‘Swachhta’ awards presented by Union Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal, on the last day of Swachhta Pakhwada, on 31st October 2018?
  • Patanjali Food and Herbal Park (P) Ltd
  • Satara Mega Food Park (P) Ltd
  • Pagro Frozen Foods Pvt. (P) Ltd
  • Unilever F&B (P) Ltd
  • None of these

Answer – 1) Patanjali Food and Herbal Park (P) Ltd

Explanation:

On 31st October 2018, Union Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal distributed ‘Swachhta’ awards on the last day of Swachhta Pakhwada. Harsimrat Kaur presented awards for cleanliness to Mega Food Parks and Cold Chain Units for maintaining, promoting and encouraging Swachhta Culture. The ‘Swachhta’ award winners are as follows:

  • First prize – M/s. Patanjali Food and Herbal Park (P) Ltd. in Haridwar
  • Second prize – Satara Mega Food Park (P) Ltd., Satara District, Maharashtra
  • Third prize – Pagro Frozen Foods Pvt.(P) Ltd. (Cold Chain Project) in Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab
  1. Where was the Inter-Session Meeting of Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, held on 1st November 2018?
  • Mumbai
  • Bengaluru
  • Coimbatore
  • New Delhi
  • None of these

Answer – 4) New Delhi

Explanation:

On 1st November 2018, the Inter-Session Meeting of Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare in New Delhi. Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh addressed the meeting focused on the “Climate Resilient Villages and their Replication.” Details about Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)’s flagship programme National Innovations on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) was briefed. NICRA aims to develop adaptation and mitigation practices to minimize the losses and improve resilience of Indian agriculture.

  1. Where was the 78th annual conference of the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics held from November 1 to 3, 2018?
  • Mumbai
  • Kolkata
  • Chennai
  • New Delhi
  • None of these

Answer – 4) New Delhi

Explanation:

From November 1 to 3, 2018, the 3-day 78th annual conference of the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics was held in New Delhi. It was organized by:

  • The Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi;
  • International Food Policy Research Institute, Delhi; and
  • Tata-Cornell Institute,Ithaca, USA.

3 broad based subjects were discussed. They were:

  • 7 Year plan for agriculture-output and bio-waste management,
  • Post-harvesting requirements for reducing the gap between what customers pay and farmers receive.
  • Social and Community organizations for agricultural development and coping with limited non-renewable resources.

  1. Name the declaration that was signed for agricultural and rural development, at the end of a forum on international development cooperation in Changsha, China, on 3rd November 2018?
  • Shanghai Declaration
  • Changsha Declaration
  • South-South Declaration
  • South Asian Declaration
  • None of these

Answer – 2) Changsha Declaration

Explanation:

On 3rd November 2018, over 20 countries committed to the Changsha Declaration at the end of a forum on international development cooperation in Changsha, China. 26 countries and 11 international organisations including Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP), and the World Health Organisation (WHO) signed the Changsha Declaration. The Changsha Declaration focuses on agricultural and rural development. It aims to eliminate poverty and hunger. It aims to enhance the efforts towards South-South Cooperation, an initiative for eliminating hunger and malnutrition through mutual sharing and exchange of good practices, resources, and know-how between countries of the global south.

  1. Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) has approved the strategy for operationalisation of Operation Greens, as per which MoFPI will provide __% of subsidy for transport and storage of TOP (Tomato, Onion, Potato)?
  • 60 %
  • 50 %
  • 40 %
  • 35 %
  • None of these

Answer – 2) 50 %

Explanation:

On November 5, 2018, Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) under Union Minister Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal approved the strategy for operationalisation of Operation Greens. The strategy consists of the following:

  • Short term Price Stabilisation Measures,
  • Long Term Integrated value chain development projects.

The Short term Price Stabilisation measures would be implemented by the Nodal agency NAFED and MoFPI will provide 50% of the subsidy for transport and storage of TOP (Tomato, Onion, Potato).

  1. Central and Andhra Pradesh governments and the World Bank have signed loan agreement for ___ dollars to enhance agricultural productivity of poor farmers in Andhra Pradesh, on 7th November 2018?
  • $172.20 million
  • $354.80 million
  • $262.98 million
  • $342.75 million
  • None of these

Answer – 1) $172.20 million

Explanation:

On November 7, 2018, the Central and Andhra Pradesh governments and the World Bank have signed the loan agreement for $172.20 million to enhance agricultural productivity, profitability, and climate resilience of poor and marginalised farmers in Andhra Pradesh. The agreement for the project was signed by:

  • Sameer Kumar Khare, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance,
  • P S Raghavaiah, State Project Director, APIIATP on behalf of the Government of Andhra Pradeshand
  • Junaid Ahmad, Country Director, World Bank India.

  1. Which union ministry launched an online marketing portal named “Mahila-E-Haat” for promoting women farmers and entrepreneurs, at the 5th Women of India National Organic Festival 2018 in New Delhi, on 8thNovember 2018?
  • Ministry of Women and Child Development
  • Ministry of Commerce and Industry
  • Ministry of Human Resource Development
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
  • None of these

Answer – 1) Ministry of Women and Child Development

Explanation:

On November 8, 2018, the Women and Child Development Ministry launched an online marketing portal named: “Mahila-E-Haat” for promoting women farmers and entrepreneurs. It was launched during the 5th “Women of India National Organic Festival, 2018” held from October 26 to November 4, 2018 in New Delhi.

  1. Where was Food and Agro Buyer-Seller Meet (BSM) held on 11th November 2018?
  • New Delhi, India
  • Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Beijing, China
  • Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • None of these

Answer – 2) Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Explanation:

On November 11, 2018, a Food and Agro Buyer-Seller Meet (BSM) was held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It was inaugurated by: Md. Noor Rahman Sheikh, Consul General of India in Jeddah and Hassan IbraheemDahlan, Secretary General of Jeddah Chamber. It was organized by: Consulate General of India in Jeddah in association with Jeddah Chamber and Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI). 25 Indian companies from food and agricultural products sector met the Saudi importers at the BSM. The participation comprised of Indian exporters of 4 key commodities namely: rice, tea, spices and dry fruits. This was organized to reduce the trade deficit by enhancing exports.

Which institute has developed a portable solar-powered cold storage device for storing vegetables, fruits, etc.?

  1. Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur (IIT-K)
  2. Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M)
  3. Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B)
  4. Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-D)
  5. None of these

Answer – 2) Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M)

Explanation:

Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) has developed a portable solar-powered cold storage device for storing vegetables, fruits, etc. It has a capacity of 500 kg. It will help farmers store their produce for sufficient time. The first unit of the device has been deployed at a farm in Madurantakam in Kancheepuram district, near Chennai. It has storage facility with temperature in the range of 4 to 10 degree Celsius. The project was funded by Department of Science and Technology (Ministry of Science and Technology) and IIT-M.

  1. Where is the 3rd India International Cherry Blossom Festival celebrated from 14th to 17th November 2018?
  • Gangtok, Sikkim
  • Shillong, Meghalaya
  • Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
  • Imphal, Manipur
  • None of these

Answer – 2) Shillong, Meghalaya

Explanation:

On November 14, 2018, the 4-day 3rd India International Cherry Blossom Festival was celebrated at Polo 5th Ground, Shillong, Meghalaya. The festival celebrates the unique autumn flowering of the Himalayan Cherry Blossoms. The 2018 edition was inaugurated by Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma in the presence of Japanese Ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramatsu. The four-day long festival was organised by:

  • The Forest and Environment Department, Govt of Meghalaya,
  • Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development and
  • Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

  1. Where was Maharashtra’s second Mega Food Park inaugurated by Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal, on 16th November 2018?
  • Nagpur
  • Pune
  • Aurangabad
  • Chandrapur
  • None of these

Answer – 3) Aurangabad

Explanation:

On November 16, 2018, Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated the second Mega Food Park in Maharashtra. It is located in Wahegaon and Dhangaon village in Paithan Taluka of Aurangabad district and has been promoted by M/s Paithan Mega Food Park Pvt Ltd. It has an area of 102 acre and was built at a cost of Rs. 124.52 crore. The Central Processing Centre (CPC) of this park has various facilities and has a common Administrative building for office and other uses by the entrepreneurs and 3 PPCs at Paithan, Alephata and Kannad. It will leverage an additional investment of about Rs. 250 crore in 25-30 food processing units in the park. It is expected to fetch a turnover of about Rs. 450-500 crore annually.

  1. Which state government launched the ‘Gau Samridhi Plus scheme’ or ‘Cow Samridhi Plus Scheme’ to offer insurance coverage to dairy farmers in the state, on 16th November 2018?
  • Telangana
  • Haryana
  • Rajasthan
  • Kerala
  • None of these

Answer – 4) Kerala

Explanation:

On 16th November 2018, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan launched the ‘Gau Samridhi Plus scheme’ or ‘Cow Samridhi Plus Scheme’ to offer insurance coverage to dairy farmers in Kerala. Cow Samridhi Plus Scheme is a government subsidized scheme. It will provide insurance coverage to dairy farmers at low premium rates. Farmers from general category will receive 50% subsidy on premium. Farmers from Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) category will receive 70% subsidy on premium. Also, the Kerala government in collaboration with the Central government has decided to establish a regional autism and research centre at the National Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (NIPMR) in Thrissur.

  1. How many Crores has been Sanctioned by the Centre under AMRUT Scheme for 2400 Projects for improving water supply, sewerage and drainage,which is announced by Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri on 20th November 2018?
  • 68,000 Crore
  • Rs 64,000 Crore
  • Rs 74,000 Crore
  • 82,000 Crore
  • None of these

Answer – 3) Rs 74,000 Crore

Explanation:

On 20th November 2018,Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced that, the Centre has approved 2,400 projects worth Rs 74,000 crore for improved water supply, sewerage and drainage.Hardeep Singh Puri made the announcement at the National Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Innovation Summit, organised by the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and Elets Technomedia Private Limited in Delhi.These projects have been approved under AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) under the state annual action plans for 2015-2020.

 

  1. When was the World Fisheries Day celebrated Every year?
  • 18th November
  • 16th November
  • 20th November
  • 21st November
  • None of these

Answer – 4) 21st November

Explanation:

21st November is celebrated as World Fisheries day every year throughout the world. Fishing Communities celebrates the day by organizing rallies, Cultural programs, workshops and exhibition to highlight the importance of healthy ocean ecosystems and to ensure sustainable stocks of fisheries in the world.The day explores moves towards finding solutions to the increasingly inter-connected problems that the world is facing in order to follow sustainable model.Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that the Fisheries and Aquaculture Infrastructure Development Fundof Rs. 7522 crore will augment production and create more employment opportunities.Fisheries in India makes up to 5.3 percent to the agriculture and allied activities and contributes about 1.07 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). India has over 8000 km of coastline and an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of 2 million sq km.

  1. Name the actor who was awarded the 3rd Sayaji Ratna Award for his social contribution to pay off the loans of several farmers from Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, on 20th November 2018?
  • Akshay Kumar
  • Amitabh Bachchan
  • Shah Rukh Khan
  • Irfan Khan
  • None of these

Answer – 2) Amitabh Bachchan

Explanation:

On November 20, 2018, film star Amitabh was Bachchan awarded the third Sayaji Ratna Award in Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara for his social contribution to pay off the loans of several farmers from Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. He had helped 1,398 farmers from Uttar Pradesh and 350 from Maharashtra through his contribution. The first 2 recipients of the award were: Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy and industrialist Ratan Tata.

  1. Which Indian institute won silver in the International Green Apple Award for environmental best practice 2018 at a ceremony held in London, on 22nd November 2018?

1) Manipal Academy of Higher Education

2) Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

3) Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences

4) Indian Institute of Management, Bombay

5) None of these

Answer – 1) Manipal Academy of Higher Education

Explanation:

On 22nd November, 2018, the Manipal Academy of Higher Education won silver in the International Green Apple Award for evironmental best practice 2018 at a ceremony held at the Houses of Parliament in London. The award was received by Derrick I. Joshua, Assistant Director, Environment Sustainability, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE). Green Manipal, the award winning project of MAHE was selected among the 800 global nominations which competed to pick the greenest individuals, companies, councils and communities. MAHE’s winning paper will be published in the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice called The Green Book. MAHE now will have 100 trees planted in their name as part of the United Nations Billion Trees Initiative. And can participate in the Green World Awards 2019.

Which Indian institute has developed a smartphone-based system to detect adulteration in milk?

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad
  • Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore
  • Raman Research Institute
  • None of these

Answer – 2) Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad

Explanation:

On November 20, 2018, researchers, headed by IIT Professor Shiv Govind Singh, at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad, developed smartphone-based system to detect adulteration in milk. This could be done by using an indicator paper that changes colour according to acidity which further can be incorporated with algorithms on a smartphone to accurately detect the colour change. The team will extend the research to study the effects of mobile phone cameras and lighting on detection efficiency. The research paper was published in the November 2018 issue of the Food Analytical Methods journal.

  1. Which Insurance Company will set up the remote Sensing lab for crop insurance?
  • Life Insurance Corporation of India
  • ICICI Prudential Life Insurance
  • Bajaj Allianz General Insurance
  • HDFC ERGO General Insurance
  • None of these.

Answer – 4) HDFC ERGO General Insurance

Explanation:

On November 23, 2018, HDFC ERGO General Insurance set up a remote sensing lab for crop insurance.This will help in early detection of information and will be used to alert the farmers.The lab will work accurately for assessing the risks of the insurers and will also be able to give early warnings about the losses.Furthermore, a specialist in the area of remote sensing are hired to look into the data and assess the information so that predictions can be made.This will enable scanning of the area through the use of satellite to get better information of the region.HDFC ERGO was one of the first non-life insurers to use drones on a pilot basis to look into estimate losses from any catastrophic events for the crop areas that they covered.

  1. When was National Milk Day celebrated in India, which marks the birth anniversary of father of white revolution Dr. Verghese Kurien?
  • November 23
  • November 26
  • November 25
  • November 24
  • None of these

Answer – 2) November 26

Explanation:

National Milk Day is celebrated on 26 November in the memory of Dr. Verghese Kurien who was the architect of the “Operation Flood”, which was launched by National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) in year 1970. It is the programme which led India to become one of the largest producer of Milk and now India is self sufficient to meet its dairy needs. 26th November is the birthday of father of white revolution Dr. Verghese Kurien.

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Updated: January 20, 2019 — 11:44 pm