Centre launches pilot project to reduce emissions from agriculture.
Green-Ag Project will be implemented in Mizoram, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Uttarakhand
What is the pilot project?
- Mizoram is one of the five states where the project will be implemented.
- Other states include Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Uttarakhand.
- Green-Ag Project is designed to achieve multiple global environmental benefits in at least 1.8 million hectares (ha) of land in five landscapes.
What is the Aim of this project?
- It aims to bring at least 104,070 ha of farms under sustainable land and water management.
What is the Objective?
- The project will also ensure 49 million Carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2eq) sequestered or reduced through sustainable land use and agricultural practices.
- The Green-Ag Project is funded by the Global Environment Facility.
- Department of Agriculture, Cooperation, and Farmers’ Welfare (DAC&FW) is the national executing agency.
- Other key players involved in its implementation are the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC).
- The pilot project is supposed to end on March 31, 2026, in all states, including Mizoram.
- The project covers 145,670 ha of land in two districts — Lunglei and Mamit.
- This project becomes unique for its site selection.
- The landscape has revenue villages and community land in close conjunction with national parks and protected areas.
- The unique advantage of Mizoram in terms of agro-climatic conditions, water availability and a hard-working population.
- The state could produce niche products like passion fruits and provide them to the entire country, besides exploring export markets too.
Q) Agriculture is a major source of Green house gas emissions. What needs to be done to reduce this?