26.05.18 (RPSC) Rajasthan Current Affairs

RAJASTHAN

  • State govt procures superfood quinoa at ₹5,000/quintal

 

  • After introducing Quinoa as a new cash crop in Rajasthan due to its high commercial value, the state government has so far purchased 150 quintals of the crop from farmers.

 

  • Quinoa, whose seeds mini kit, were distributed to farmers of 13 districts of Rajasthan in the financial year 2017-18, with the intension of promoting this crop among farmers to boost their income, is now being bought back from the farmers on Minimum Support Price (MSP) of ~5,000 per quintal.

 

  • Farmers had trouble selling the crop even after its cultivation, so now Rajasthan State Seeds Corporation would buy back Quinoa raw seeds from those farmers who had taken the mini kits.

 

  • As per official figures of agriculture department, Quinoa has been cultivated in 13 districts of Rajasthan including Chittor, Udaipur, Banswara, Bhilwara, Pratapgarh, Tonk, Bundi, Kota, Jhalawar, Baran, Sirohi and Jalore.

 

  • Cultivators of Hadauti region and other districts have been asked to bring their raw seeds to the nearest purchase centres of Rajasthan State Seeds Corporation Limited.

 

  • Quinoa is a South American variety, which is a diabetic friendly and anti-oxidant rich crop.

INTERNATIONAL

 

  • Nepal first country in south-east Asia to eliminate trachoma

 

  • Nepal has become the first country in south-east Asia to eliminate trachoma, world’s leading cause of preventable blindness of infectious origin, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.

 

  • Trachoma was the second leading cause of preventable blindness in the Himalayan nation in the 1980s.

 

  • In 2002, the Government of Nepal had stepped up the efforts to eliminate trachoma with the establishment of a national trachoma programme.

 

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