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Agriculture Current Affairs December-2018

Published on Thursday, January 17, 2019

  • The 13th Confederation of Indian industries Agrotech India-2018 was inaugurated in Chandigarh on 1st December 2018 by President Ram Nath Kovind. The theme was-Technology in Agriculture: Increasing farmer’s income. 
  • World Meteorological Department has declared 2018 as the Fourth hottest year recorded. 
  • Global Agriculture Food Summit-2018 was held in Ranchi, Jharkhand. 
  • World Soil day was celebrated on 5th December. 
  • The Cooperative department of Punjab has decided to merge 20 District Central Cooperative Banks with the Punjab State Cooperative Bank. 
  • World Bank has provided financial assistance of $210 million for the initiative-State of Maharashtra’s Agribusiness and Rural Transformation (SMART) on 6th December 2018. 
  • Shahpurkandi dam project on River Ravi in Punjab has been approved by the Centre with the financial assistance of Rs.485.38crore for over 5 years from 2018-19 to 2022-23. 
  • Foundation stone of Pusa Haat was laid at ICAR Agricultural Technological Information Centre (ATIC) in New Delhi on 6th December 2018. 
  • According to a study by Global Carbon Project, India ranks 4th in the emission of Carbon dioxide in the world and accounts for 7% of the global Carbon dioxide emission in 2017. 
  • In order to boost rooftop Solar power capacity projects, NABARD has signed a loan agreement of $100million with Green Climate Fund (GCF), on 8th December 2018. 
  • First International Conference on Sustainable Water Management was held in Mohali, Punjab on 10th and 11th December 2018. 
  • NABARD has developed a portal-ENSURE-under National Livestock Mission for improving the practice of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). 
  • Ministry of Commerce and Industry has released India’s first Agriculture Export Policy 2018 which aims to propel India to become a $5trillion economy by 2025. 
  • Jharkhand has been selected by the Union Ministry of Agriculture for Krishi Karman Award in the category of Rice and this award will be awarded in February-209 and carries a cash prize worth Rs.2crore. 
  • ICAR has approved the registration of 15 new breeds of livestock and poultry in 2018. 
  • Maharashtra Government has approved a sum of Rs.4089crore for the Thembu lift irrigation project on River Krishna. 
  • Jharkhand Government has launched a scheme Mukhya Mantri Krishi Yojana to help medium and marginal farmers to double their income by 2022. 
  • Odisha Government has announced Krushak assistance for livelihood and Income augmentation (KALIA) scheme with an outlay of Rs.10000crore to empower small, marginal and landless farmers and labourers. 
  • Oil and Natural gas (ONGC) has set up the centre for Agricultural Research and Training in Telangana in collaboration with Eklavya Foundation. 
  • National Farmer’s Day was celebrated on 23rd December on the occasion of Birth Anniversary of Indian Farmer’s leader and 5th Prime Minister of India Chaudhary Charan Singh. His statue was inaugurated in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.
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