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Green-Ag Project: To Achieve Multiple Global Environmental Benefits

Green-Ag Project

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.

Outcomes: 

  • 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?