Agriculture current affairs general knowledge

Agriculture current affairs general knowledge

Question 1 ->Click on any option to know the correct answers (सही उत्तर जानने के लिए किसी भी Choice पर क्लिक करें)
The theme of 2018 Global Agriculture Leadership Summit is;
A
Agriculture to Agribusiness
B
Connecting Farmers to Market
C
Farming as a Business: Towards addressing poverty and unemployment for youth
D
Soil and water conservation for enhancing agricultural productivity
Question 1 Explanation: 
The Global Agriculture Leadership Summit 2018 opened in New Delhi. The theme of the 2-day summit is, 'Connecting Farmers to Market'. The summit was inaugurated by the Secretary Agriculture and Co-operation, Sanjay Agrawal.






Question 2 ->Click on any option to know the correct answers (सही उत्तर जानने के लिए किसी भी Choice पर क्लिक करें)
The Union Cabinet signs an MoU between India and this country for cooperation in the field of agriculture and allied sectors?.
A
Jordan
B
Lebanon
C
Libya
D
Egypt
Question 2 Explanation: 
The Union Cabinet has approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Lebanon for cooperation in the field of agriculture and allied sectors. The MoU will promote understanding of best Agricultural practices in the two countries. The MoU will also help in better productivity at farmer fields as well as improved global market.
Question 3 ->Click on any option to know the correct answers (सही उत्तर जानने के लिए किसी भी Choice पर क्लिक करें)
Bank of Baroda is set to develop an agriculture digital platform. It was named as;
A
Digital AgriMarket
B
Baroda Crop
C
Digital Agro
D
Baroda Kisan
Question 3 Explanation: 
Bank of Baroda has signed an MoU with agriculture services companies to develop an agriculture digital platform, Baroda Kisan, which will provide solutions for agricultural requirements. BoB has signed the agreement with Skymet Weather Services, Weather Risk Management Services, BigHaat, Agrostar India, EM3 Agri Services, and Poorti Agri Services. The platform intends to make a holistic approach towards solving agricultural plights by means of providing reliable and customised information, inputs for use, the convenience of renting farm equipment, and market linkage for sale of agriculture produce.






Question 4 ->Click on any option to know the correct answers (सही उत्तर जानने के लिए किसी भी Choice पर क्लिक करें)
The Punjab government has banned this chemical compound which is consider as a Group 2A cancer-causing material.
A
Dicamba
B
Glyphosate
C
Atrazine
D
Chlorpyrifos
Question 4 Explanation: 
The Punjab government has banned the sale of glyphosate. Glyphosate is a herbicide which is extensively used in the State to control a wide variety of weeds in almost all the crops. The chemical has been observed to be a Group 2A cancer-causing material. This chemical is also known for causing other health problems and has the potential to damage human DNA.
Question 5 ->Click on any option to know the correct answers (सही उत्तर जानने के लिए किसी भी Choice पर क्लिक करें)
Who will provide early-stage capital to agriculture and rural enterprises through its venture capital entity?
A
Ministry of Environment and Forests
B
DAERA
C
Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare
D
NABARD
Question 5 Explanation: 
NABARD announced that it will provide early-stage capital to agriculture and rural enterprises through its venture capital entity, 'NABVENTURES Ltd'. NABVENTURES Ltd has been incorporated by NABARD under the Companies Act. It will launch its maiden fund offer by the middle of February 2019. NABARD's headquarter is in Mumbai and its Chairman is Harsh Kumar Bhanwala.






Question 6 ->Click on any option to know the correct answers (सही उत्तर जानने के लिए किसी भी Choice पर क्लिक करें)
World's oldest intact shipwreck found in .....
A
Red Sea
B
Black Sea
C
Arabian Sea
D
Mediterranean Sea
Question 6 Explanation: 
An ancient Greek trading ship dating back more than 2, 400 years found virtually intact at the bottom of the Black Sea. The vessel is one of more than 60 shipwrecks including Roman ships and a 17th-century Cossack raiding fleet identified by the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project. The ship, which is lying on its side with its mast and rudders intact, was dated back to 400 BC -- a time when the Black Sea was a trading hub filled with Greek colonies.
Question 7 ->Click on any option to know the correct answers (सही उत्तर जानने के लिए किसी भी Choice पर क्लिक करें)
Name the declaration that was signed for agricultural and rural development, at the end of a forum on international development cooperation in Changsha, China.
A
Shanghai Declaration
B
Changsha Declaration
C
South-South Declaration
D
South Asian Declaration
Question 7 Explanation: 
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.






Question 8 ->Click on any option to know the correct answers (सही उत्तर जानने के लिए किसी भी Choice पर क्लिक करें)
Which is the least improved district in the Second Delta Ranking of the Aspirational Districts Programme?
A
Hailakandi, Assam
B
Kiphire, Nagaland
C
Pakur, Jharkhand
D
Koraput, Odisha
Question 8 Explanation: 
Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant released the Second Delta Ranking of the Aspirational Districts Programme. Pakur, Jharkhand least improved district in the Second Delta Ranking of the Aspirational Districts Programme. The ranking shows the incremental progress achieved by 111 aspirational districts (out of 115) during June 1, 2018 to October 31, 2018, across six key development sectors. Three aspirational districts from West Bengal did not participate, while one district of Kerala could not take part because of floods. The 6 developmental sectors are: Health and Nutrition, Education, Agriculture and Water Resources, Financial Inclusion, Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure.
Question 9 ->Click on any option to know the correct answers (सही उत्तर जानने के लिए किसी भी Choice पर क्लिक करें)
For which state, Union Ministry of Agriculture conferred an award named Krishi Karman?
A
TamilNadu
B
Jharkhand
C
Kerala
D
Andra Pradesh
Question 9 Explanation: 
Jharkhand has been selected for "Krishi Karman"award in the rice category from the Union Ministry of Agriculture. The award to be given away in February 2019 carries a cash prize of Rs 2 crore and a citation.






Question 10 ->Click on any option to know the correct answers (सही उत्तर जानने के लिए किसी भी Choice पर क्लिक करें)
Where the 2018 Global Agriculture and Food Summit was held?
A
Rajasthan
B
Jharkhand
C
Tripura
D
Maharashtra
Question 10 Explanation: 
Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh inaugurated Global Agriculture and Food Summit 2018 in Ranchi, Jharkhand. Seven countries, including China, Israel and Malaysia are participating in the two-day Summit. The aim of the Summit is to promote Jharkhand as a key player to attract investment in the agriculture sector. Several dignitaries attended the inaugural ceremony including Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das and NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant. The summit will focus on organic farming in horticulture, dairy, poultry and fisheries, and food processing.
Question 11 ->Click on any option to know the correct answers (सही उत्तर जानने के लिए किसी भी Choice पर क्लिक करें)
This state government decided to launch a digital platform for Agriculture land.
A
Maharashtra
B
Gujarat
C
Tamilnadu
D
Telangana
Question 11 Explanation: 
Gujarat government decided to launch a digital platform for the conversion of agricultural land to Non-Agriculture (NA). Under the scheme of Digital India, all district collector offices and District Panchayats will be covered and monitored through a dedicated online system.






Question 12 ->Click on any option to know the correct answers (सही उत्तर जानने के लिए किसी भी Choice पर क्लिक करें)
NITI Aayog has signed pact with this technological giant for AI tools in agriculture & healthcare.
A
IBM
B
Facebook
C
Infosys
D
Microsoft
Question 12 Explanation: 
NITI Aayog has signed pact with Microsoft India to deploy Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies to address challenges various sectors such as agriculture and healthcare. As per the pact, Microsoft will support NITI Aayog by combining the cloud, AI, research and its vertical expertise for new initiatives and solutions across several core area. It will also accelerate the use of AI for the development and adoption of local language computing, in addition to building capacity for AI among the workforce through education. Under the agreement, Microsoft will provide Niti Aayog advanced AI-based solutions such as farm advisory services, healthcare screening models at primary health centers along with building capacity for AI through education.
Question 13 ->Click on any option to know the correct answers (सही उत्तर जानने के लिए किसी भी Choice पर क्लिक करें)
Who will receive the first World Agriculture Prize?
A
Vikram Sarabhai
B
Mina Swaminatan
C
M.S.Swaminathan
D
Verghese Kurien
Question 13 Explanation: 
M.S.Swaminathan, an Agricultural scientist, will be receiving the first World Agriculture Prize instituted by the Indian Council of Food and Agriculture (ICFA) in New Delhi. The award carries a cash component of $1, 00, 000. The prize will be presented by Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu at Vigyan Bhawan at a special session, named Swaminathan Global Dialogue on Climate Change and Food Security organised by the Indian Council of Food and Agriculture. Prof.Swaminathan has been hailed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as 'The Father of Economic Ecology'. He is Recognised worldwide for his basic and applied research in genetics, cytogenetics, radiation and chemical mutagenesis, food and biodiversity conservation. He is been awarded for his commitment towards the ever-green revolution movement in agriculture.






Question 14 ->Click on any option to know the correct answers (सही उत्तर जानने के लिए किसी भी Choice पर क्लिक करें)
RBI has recently raised the limit for collateral-free agriculture loans from Rs 1 Lakh to .....
A
Rs 1.6 lakh
B
Rs 1.5 lakh
C
Rs 1.4 lakh
D
Rs 1.3 lakh
Question 14 Explanation: 
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has recently raised the limit for collateral-free agriculture loans to Rs 1.6 lakh from Rs. 1 lakh to enhance coverage of small and marginal farmers in the formal credit system. Currently, the banks are mandated to extend collateral-free agricultural loans up to Rs. 1 lakh. This limit was fixed in the year 2010. The RBI also proposed to set up an internal working group to review various issues plaguing farm credit, such as regional disparity, extent of coverage and limited capital formation from such credit. As per interim Budget of 2019, the Government of India (GoI) will also launch the 'Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) programme to provide assured income support to small and marginal farmers. Under this, vulnerable landholding farmer-families, having cultivable land up to two hectares, will be provided direct income support at the rate of Rs. 6, 000 per year. This income support will be transferred directly into the bank accounts of beneficiary farmers in three equal instalments of Rs. 2, 000 each. The programme will be funded by the Government of India (GoI).
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Noted mathematician Michael Atiyah was passed away recently. He belongs to the country of;
A
Brazil
B
Germany
C
United Kingdom
D
United States
Question 15 Explanation: 
Prof. Sir Michael Atiyah (89), the noted British mathematician has passed away in United Kingdom on 11th January 2019. He was best known for his co-development of a branch of mathematics called topological K-theory and the Atiyah-Singer index theorem. His research also involved deep insights relating to mathematical concepts known as "vector bundles". Sir Michael was also a recipient of the Abel Prize (2004) and Fields Medal (1966), and was the former president of the Royal Society in London. He was one of the foremost mathematicians whose work encompassed topology and geometry, and worked with several Indian mathematicians such as Indian-American mathematician Harish-Chandra and Vijay Kumar Patodi, during his career.






Question 16 ->Click on any option to know the correct answers (सही उत्तर जानने के लिए किसी भी Choice पर क्लिक करें)
Srei Equipment Finance and this bank entered into an agreement for financing the Micro, Small and Medium enterprises (MSME) and agriculture sector.
A
CUB
B
UBI
C
IOB
D
OBC
Question 16 Explanation: 
The United Bank of India (UBI) and Srei Equipment Finance have entered into an agreement for financing the Micro, Small and Medium enterprises (MSME) and agriculture sector. Under the agreement UBI plans to leverage the co-lending model to offer credit at blended interest rate of 11-12 per cent. The Bank will leverage low its low cost loans with Srei Equipment finance to enable purchase of equipment and vehicle in the seamless manner. The Bank is eying around 200 crore business over the period of three months by this agreement.
Question 17 ->Click on any option to know the correct answers (सही उत्तर जानने के लिए किसी भी Choice पर क्लिक करें)
Who will be the head of 'Approach to Agriculture : A Holistic Overview' on approach to agriculture for doubling farmer's income?
A
Raghuram Rajan
B
Ram Naik
C
Ananth Kumar
D
Leela Chandran
Question 17 Explanation: 
A panel of governors constituted by President Ram Nath Kovind submitted its report 'Approach to Agriculture : A Holistic Overview' on approach to agriculture for doubling farmer's income. The committee was headed by Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik. It made 21 major recommendations. Some of them being: Establishment of a KRISHAK SHIKAYAR NIVARAN CELLor farmer's grievances addressal system in every district, Development of climate-resilient and input-efficient varieties, Incentive grant to set up special agricultural zones and Regional hubs for region-specific crops, Slashing of premium rates of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana from 5 to 2.5 percent for big sowing area, Linking of the rural employment guarantee scheme MNREGA with productive agricultural activities, Encouraging women into agricultural activities since male counterparts are migrating.
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