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Green Ag Project: Sustainability in Indian agriculture

India launched the Global Environment Facility-assisted project “Green – agriculture: transforming Indian agriculture for global environmental benefits and conservation of critical biodiversity and forest landscapes” in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation in high-conservation-value landscapes. How will it help in sustainability?

The government of India launched Global Environment Facility (GEF) assisted Green Ag Project: Transforming Indian agriculture for global environmental benefits and the conservation of critical biodiversity and forest landscapes” in collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in high-conservation-value landscapes.

The Union government on July 28, 2020, launched the Green-Ag Project in Mizoram, to reduce emissions from agriculture and ensure sustainable agriculture practices. Mizoram is one of the five states where the project will be implemented. Other states where this project will be implemented are Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and Uttarakhand.

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The key component of green Ag Project

Sustainable agriculture is the main component of the project and given the unique advantage of Mizoram in terms of agro-climatic conditions, water availability and a hard-working population, the state could produce niche products such as passion fruits and provide them to the entire country, besides exploring export markets too.

FAO, India representative, Tomio Shichiri, said: “The Green-Ag project would help local people take advantage of the rich agro-biodiversity present in their landscape for the sustainability of agriculture and livestock production practices, promotion of secondary agriculture, the establishment of green value chains and thereby enhancing their incomes. The state could produce niche products such as passion fruits and provide them to the entire country, besides exploring export markets too.”

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Multiple environment benefits of green Ag Project

The project is designed to achieve multiple global environment benefits in at least 1.8 million hectares (ha) of land in five landscapes, with mixed land-use systems. It aims to bring at least 104,070 ha of farms under sustainable land and water management. Green-Ag Project aims to reduce emissions from agriculture and ensure sustainable agriculture practices. The objective is to achieve multiple global environment benefits in at least 1.8 million hectares of land in five landscapes, with mixed land use systems.

The project aims to catalyze a transformative change of India’s agricultural sector to support the achievement of national and global environmental benefits and conservation of critical biodiversity and forest landscapes. The project seeks to bring concepts such as biodiversity, climate change, and sustainable land management objectives and practices into Indian agriculture.

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What Green Ag aims?

It aims to reduce emissions from agriculture and ensures sustainable agriculture practices. The project will ensure 49 million carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2eq) sequestered or reduced through sustainable land use and agriculture practices.

The Green-Ag Project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation, and Farmers’ Welfare (DAC&FW) is the national executing agency. The project is supposed to end on March 31, 2026, in all states, including Mizoram.

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The project covers 145,670 ha of land in two districts — Lunglei and Mamit. It targets to cover 35 villages and includes two protected areas — the Dampa Tiger Reserve and the Thorangtlang Wildlife Sanctuary. 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.

Silpi Sucharita Swain
I am Silpi Sucharita Swain. And I am pursuing my BBA LLB from KIIT SCHOOL OF LAW. I have always been passionate to write about things, that would represent my creativity and imagination. With that, I also have a keen interest in dance and sports and love to travel and meet new people and explore their culture.

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