PIB News Analysis 24/05/2020

1)‘shahi litchi’ :-“Shahi litchi from Bihar registered as a GI. Muzaffarpur, Vaishali, Samastipur, Champaran, Begusarai districts and adjoining areas of Bihar have favourable climate for this fruit, unique due to attractive appearance and delicious pearly white aril (sic).

2)HIL( INDIA) geared to provide locust control Pesticide to Iran:- HIL (india) Limited a PSU under Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertlizers   ensured timely production and supply of pesticides for farming community. 

Credit rating of Central PSU upgraded to BBB- from BB.which is a stable investment grade.

What is Used for Locust Control:- Malathion Technical ( Malathion is an organophosphate insecticide)

HIL has also signed an agreement with Ministry of Agriculture and Famers Welfare for the supply of Malathion Technical to Rajasthan and Gujarat for Locust Control Programme.

3)Van Dhan for Jaan and Jahaan: The Story of Shahapur’s Katkari Tribe:- Katkari (कातकरी) community, is one of the 75 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups, as per the classification by Ministry of Home Affairs.

There are certain tribal communities who use a pre-agricultural level of technology, face stagnant or declining population growth, and are equipped with only an extremely low level of literacy and a subsistence level of economy. 75 such groups of tribals in 18 States and one Union Territory have been identified and categorized as Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs).

About VAN DHAN :- Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana (PMVDY) is a retail marketing led value addition plan for Minor Forest Produce (MFP), meant for forest-based tribes to optimize the tribal income, locally. Under the program, MFP-based tribal groups / enterprises of around 300 members are formed for collection, value addition, packaging & marketing of Minor Forest Produces (MFPs).

These tribal enterprises will be in the form of Van Dhan SHGs which will be a group of 15-20 members and such 15 SHG groups will further be federated into a larger group of Van Dhan Vikas Kendras (VDVKS) of around 300 members.

TRIFED will support the VDVKs through providing them with model business plans, processing plans & tentative list of equipment for carrying out the value addition work of MFPs. The details would be made available on the TRIFED’s website.

Lets Make a Question for Prelims Based on Todays’ Analysis:

Which of the Following statements are Correct regarding HIL Limited?
1. It is a PSU under Ministry of Home Affairs
2. It was contacted recently by Iran for Locust Control.

Options:
A) 1 only
B) 2 only
C) Both
D) None

Answer : 2 Only ( Since it is under Min. of Chemical and Fertilizers )

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