Doubling Farmers’ Income Current Affairs - 2020

APEDA signs MoUs to implement Agriculture Export Policy

The Agricultural and Processed Food Export Development Authority (APEDA) has signed Memorandum of Understandings with IIT Delhi, Quality Council of India (QCI) and Indian Chamber of Food and Agriculture (ICFA).

Agriculture Export Policy

The Agriculture Export Policy was launched in 2018. It aims to increase the agricultural export potential of the country. It is highly important to increase the exports of agricultural products in order to achieve the goal of “Doubling Farmers Income” by 2022.


With IIT-Delhi, APEDA has signed agreement in the field of technologies. The IIT-Delhi will share its research laboratories with APEDA under the agreement. It will also help in improvising farm machineries. The institute is to develop ripening indices, protocols to export horticultural produce by sea.


The QCI will develop training materials for INDGAP scheme. INDGAP is India Good Agriculture Practices. The ICFA will help APEDA to organize community specific trade events. It will also help agricultural start ups in scaling up their business.

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PM Modi launches 10,000 Farmer Producer Organizations

On February 29, 2020, PM Modi shall launch 10,000 Farmer Producer Organizations at Chitrakoot. The event is being organized to commemorate the successful completion of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana.


There are more than 86% of small and marginal farmers that hold less than 1.1 hectares of land. They face challenges in buying fertilizers, quality seed, pesticides. The Farmer Producer Organization help farmers in addressing these challenges. They help farmers gain better access to market, technology and finance. Therefore, launching more and more of these organizations will help in betterment of life of the farmers.

This will also help GoI in achieving its target of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.

Kisan Credit Card

The PM will also launch a saturation drive on Kisan Credit Card to the beneficiaries PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana. The motive of the drive is to distribute 2 crore cards to the beneficiaries of the scheme. Today, over 6.5 crore cards have been issued under the scheme.

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