Sep 15, 2022
Today’s edition of our Current Affairs will comprise a discussion on the Curbs on the Export of Rice. Read further to upgrade your UPSC CSE knowledge and also understand the topic’s relevance to the UPSC syllabus.
For Prelims: Trends of import-export of a major agricultural commodity, Agricultural issues, Public distribution system (PDS), Southern Rice Black-Streaked Dwarf Virus (SRBSDV)
For Mains: Public distribution system (PDS) and food security, Agricultural issues, Trade policy.
Analyse the production and availability of major agricultural commodities with respect to ensuring food security in the country.
The Indian government had earlier banned exports of wheat from the country, following an unexpected crop failure. Concerns over a similar situation arising now led it to impose curbs, albeit not outright ban, on rice shipments as well.
|Southern Rice Black-Streaked Dwarf Virus (SRBSDV)|
The virus has caused “dwarfing” in rice plants. The virus is spread by the white-backed plant hopper, an insect pest, which injects it while sucking the sap from mostly young plants.
The virus is specific to the phloem (plant tissues that transport sugar and organic nutrients from the leaves to other parts) and is not transmitted by seed or grain.
Read yesterday’s edition of Current Affairs on India’s Performance in Human Development Report 2022, in case you missed reading it.
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