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Complete the following word puzzle with the help of clues given below.
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1. Providing water to the crops.
2. Keeping crop grains for a long time under proper conditions.
5. Certain plants of the same kind are grown on a large scale.

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3. A machine used for cutting the matured crops.
4. A rabi crop that is also one of the pulses.
6. A process of separating the grain from chaff.
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Hint: The growing and caring of the crops is known as cultivation. Commonly, crops are grown for eating and are defined as the plantation of crops done by farmers. Many steps are followed to grow a crop.

Complete answer:
The process of watering crops is known as Irrigation (1). A controlled amount of water should be provided to the plants at different intervals. It helps in growing crops and maintaining the greenery. Irrigation also prevents soil consolidation. It is very helpful in cultivation at the places where rainfall is very low.
When the crops are cultivated for commercial purposes, they must be kept under proper conditions until they are used. This step is known as Storage (2). It requires proper planning and management to store the crops carefully without its spoilage. Grains must be stored in closed containers or bags to prevent the entrance of moisture, rodents or insects, etc.
When certain plants of the same kind are grown on a large scale, they are referred to as Crop (5). Crops are grown for commercial purposes to gain profit. They are grown either on land or in water. Mostly the crops are grown as food for humans, as fodder, or for horticulture and floriculture.
The machine which is used to cut the crops is known as Harvester (3). It is a machine that harvests the crop efficiently. It operates four major functions i.e., reaping, threshing, gathering, and winnowing.
Rabi crops are those crops that are sown at the beginning of winters (October and November). They are also called Winter season crops. A rabi crop that is also a pulse is Gram (4). Gram is commonly known as chickpea and is one of the most important pulse crops grown in India.
The process of separating grains from the chaff is called Winnowing (6). It is also used to separate pests from the stored grains.

Note: Some important food crops are rice, wheat, maize, sugarcane, potato, banana, nuts, legumes, soybeans, etc. Common non-food crops are castor, Christmas trees, tea, coffee, cotton, oilseeds, rubber, jute, etc.