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5) Write a note on Participatory Guarantee Scheme. Explain in what way it incentivises farmers to grow organic food along with the advantages and limitations of the scheme.(250 words)

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5) Write a note on Participatory Guarantee Scheme. Explain in what way it incentivises farmers to grow organic food along with the advantages and limitations of the scheme.(250 words)

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Why this question:

Recently The head of India’s food safety regulator stated that the Union Agriculture Ministry’s Participatory Guarantee Scheme (PGS) is expected to incentivise more farmers to grow organic food.

Key demand of the question:

One must discuss in detail the key features of Participatory Guarantee Scheme. Explain in what way it incentivises farmers to grow organic food along with the advantages and limitations of the scheme.

Directive:

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

In brief explain why the scheme was put in place.

Body:

Union Agriculture Ministry’s PGS is a process of certifying organic products, which ensures that their production takes place in accordance with laid-down quality standards. 

Discuss the salient features of the scheme.

Explain what are the associated benefits to it, especially for farmers to grow organic food.

Discuss the advantages of PGS and limitations.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.

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