Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 13 July 2021

In Today’s News:

  1. CSIR Aroma Mission
  2. National Archives of India.
  3. NABARD 40th Foundation day.

1. CSIR Aroma Mission

News Summary

CSIR’s Lavender has been taken stock by the Director-General of CSIR in CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine’s (CSIR-IIIM). CSIR IIIM has been implementing the CSIR Aroma mission.

Click here to view the official PIB release.

Prelims GS – Governance

CSIR Aroma Mission:
  • CSIR Aroma Mission helps in Catalyzing Rural Empowerment through Cultivation, Value Addition, and Marketing of Aromatic Plants.
  • The CSIR Aroma Mission is envisaged to bring transformative change in the aroma sector through desired interventions in the areas of agriculture, processing, and product development for fuelling the growth of the aroma industry and rural employment.
  • The mission will promote the cultivation of aromatic crops for essential oils that are in great demand by the aroma industry.
  • It is expected to enable Indian farmers and the aroma industry to become global leaders in the production and export of some other essential oils on the pattern of menthol mint.
  • This is expected to provide substantial benefits to the farmers in achieving higher profits, utilization of wastelands, and protection of their crops from wild and grazing animals.

Mini Insights

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Significance of Aroma Mission:

The mission aims to achieve the following:

  • Bring about 5500 ha of the additional area under captive cultivation aromatic cash crops particularly targeting rain-fed /degraded land across the country
  • Provide technical and infrastructural support for distillation and values-addition to farmers/growers all over the country
  • Enabling effective buy-back mechanisms to assure remunerative prices to the farmers/growers
  • Value-addition to essential oils and aroma ingredients for their integration in global trade and economy

Click here to visit the official website.

2. National Archives of India

News Summary

The Union Culture and Tourism Minister Shri G. Kishan Reddy visited the National Archives of India, Janpath, New Delhi today along with Union MoS for Culture Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi and took stock of record management, preservation & digitalization activities.

Prelims GS – Governance

National Archives of India: