UPSC General Studies Solved Paper - General Studies-2016

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    With reference to Initiative for Nutritional Security through Intensive Millets Promotion', which of the following statements is/are correct?
    1. This initiative aims to demonstrate the improved production and postharvest technologies, and to demonstrate value addition techniques, in an integrated manner, with cluster approach.
    2. Poor, small, marginal and tribal farmers have larger stake in this scheme.
    3. An important objective of the scheme is to encourage farmers of commercial crops to shift to millet cultivation by offering them free kits of critical inputs of nutrients and micro irrigation equipment.
    Select the correct answer using the codes given below

    A)  Only 1 

    B)         2 and 3

    C)  1 and 2

    D)         1, 2 and 3

    Correct Answer: A

    Solution :

    Exp. [c] The Central Government launched the Initiative for Nutritional Security through Intensive Millet Promotion (INSIMP) in 2011-121 promote millets as 'nutri cereals'. The scheme aims to catalyse increased production of millets in the country. In doing so, it aims enhance India's nutritional security. The scheme proposed to bring, 0.5 million hectares (ha) under millet cultivation. A key feature of INSIMP is giving input kits, comprising urea and ' pesticides; costing Rs.2,000-3,000 depending on the type of crop; and seed kits, comprising hybrid seeds to the farmers. These kits are supplied by nodal agencies in a state, and are, in tin procured from various manufacturers. The other key aspect of the scheme is the post-harvest handling of millets, involving establishment of units for processing and value-addition.

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