11 Top Highlights of Agricultural Ministry Annual Report 2018-19

Ministry of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmer’s Welfare releases their annual report to intimate about the steps undertaken to boost the Agriculture sector, Schemes launched to help farmers with their livelihoods, financial help granted and much more. This information becomes very important and crucial when it comes to preparing for banking exams like NABARD Grade A & B. To help you with your preparations, we are bringing you top highlights of the Agricultural Ministry Annual Report.

Top Highlights From Agricultural Ministry Annual Report 2018-19

1. Agriculture Gross Value Added (GVA)

As per the estimates of National Income released by Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation, the agriculture, and allied sectors contributed approximately 16.0% of India’s GVA at current prices during 2018-19.

2. Unified Package Insurance Scheme (UPIS)

Unified Package Insurance Scheme has also been approved for implementation in selected 45 districts on a pilot basis from Kharif 2016 to provide financial protection & comprehensive risk coverage of crops, assets, life, and student safety to farmers.

The Pilot includes seven sections viz., crop Insurance (PMFBY/ WBCIS), Loss of Life (PMJJBY), Accidental Death & Disability (PMSBY), Student Safety, Household, Agriculture implements & Tractor

3. Capital Formation in Agriculture and Allied Sectors

Gross Capital Formation (GCF) in agriculture and allied sectors relative to GVA in this sector has been showing a fluctuating trend from 17.7 percent in 2013-14 to 15.2 percent in 2017-18. Click Here To Read More

4. Support to State Extension Programmes for Extension Reforms Scheme (ATMA Scheme)

The Scheme ‘Support to State Extension Programmes for Extension Reforms (ATMA)’ implemented since 2005 has now been included as a Centrally Sponsored component of the SubMission on Agriculture Extension (SMAE) under Green Revolution – Krishonnati Yojana.

It is now under implementation in 676 districts of 29 States & 2 UTs of the country.

The Scheme promotes decentralized farmer-driven and farmer accountable extension system through an institutional arrangement for technology dissemination in the form of an Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) at the district level. Click here to Attempt Qs on ATMA Scheme

An amount of Rs. 427.58 crore has been released to the States up to 31st December 2018 for implementation of the Scheme.

Physical Performance of the Scheme since its inception is as follows:

  • Over 134702 Farm Schools have been organized in the fields of outstanding farmers.
  • Over 260294 Commodity based Farmer Interest Groups (CIGs)/ FIGs have so far been mobilized under the Scheme.
  • 15627 CIGs/ FIGs organized

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5. Establishment of the AgriClinics and Agri-Business Centres (AC&ABC)

The AC&ABC Scheme is under implementation since April 2002.

The Scheme aims at creating gainful self-employment opportunities to unemployed agricultural graduates agricultural diploma holders and intermediate in agriculture apart from science graduates with post-graduation in agriculture-related courses for supporting agriculture development and supplementing the efforts of public extension.

MANAGE is the implementing agency for training component under the Scheme through a network of identified Nodal Training Institutes (NTIs) in various states.

6. Extension Education Institute (EEI)

EEI set up at Jorhat (Assam) in 1987 has been providing training support at the regional level to the middle-level field functionaries of in 8 States of North Eastern Region and West Bengal.

7. National e-Governance Plan– Agriculture (Centrally Sponsored Scheme) (NeGPA)

Department is implementing the National e-Governance Plan – Agriculture (NeGP-A).

Its aim is to achieve rapid development in India through the use of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) for timely access to agriculture-related information for the farmers.

National e-Governance Plan in Agriculture (NeGPA) was initially launched in seven selected States namely, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra, in the last quarter of 2010-11.

This Scheme has subsequently extended in 2nd Phase to cover all the States and 7 UTs from 2014-15.

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8. Development of Mobile Apps

  1. Kisan Suvidha:  It is an omnibus mobile app to help farmers by providing relevant information to them quickly. It has a simple interface and provides information on critical parameters—weather, input dealers, market price, plant protection, expert advisories, cold storage & godowns, crop insurance, veterinary centres, and diagnostics labs.
  2. Pusa Krishi: This Mobile App “PUSA KRISHI’’ has been developed to realize the dream “LAB to LAND” of our Prime Minister. PUSA has developed many high yielding varieties of Agriculture, Horticulture crops and other path-breaking technologies in the fields of Natural Resources Management, Integrated Nutrient Management, Plant Protection, Soil and water management, mechanization, diagnostic technologies, etc.

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9. National Mission For Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA)

National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA) is one of the eight Missions outlined under the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) and aims at promoting sustainable agriculture by devising appropriate adaptation strategies/dimensions.

The Centrally Sponsored and Central Sector Schemes of NMSA are as under:

A) Centrally Sponsored Schemes

  • Rainfed Area Development (RAD)
  • Sub Mission on Agro-Forestry (SMAF)
  • Soil Health Management (SHM)
  • Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY)

B) Central Sector Schemes

  • Soil and Land Use Survey of India (SLUSI)
  • National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA)
  • Mission Organic Value Chain Development in North Eastern Region(MOVCDNER)
  • National Centre of Organic Farming (NCOF)
  • Central Fertilizer Quality Control and Training Institute (CFQC&TI)

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10. National Crop Insurance Programme (NCIP)

Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare introduced a crop insurance scheme in 1985 and thereafter, brought improvements in the erstwhile scheme(s) from time to time based on the experience gained and views of the stakeholders, States, farming community, etc.

Rs. 11426 crores have been released by the Government of India during the last year (2018-19) under various schemes for crop insurance.

11. Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) 

  • This scheme is being implemented in various States/Union Territories of the country from Kharif 2016. 
  • Under PMFBY, a uniform maximum premium of only 2% of the sum insured is paid by farmers for all Kharif crops and 1.5% for all Rabi crops.
  • In the case of annual commercial and horticultural crops, the maximum premium to be paid by farmers is only 5%.
  • Provision of a 12% interest rate per annum to be paid by the Insurance Company to farmers for the delay in settlement claims beyond 10 days
  • State Government has to pay a 12% interest rate for the delay in the release of the State share of subsidy beyond three months of prescribed cut off date/submission of requisition by Insurance Companies.

We hope the information on the Agricultural Ministry Annual Report shared here proves useful in your exam preparations. To help you with your preparations further,  we have devised notes on Agricultural & Rural Development topics.

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