Over 4 million trees planted on farmland in the past 5 years

The government said more than four crores of trees have been planted on nearly 94,000 hectares with an expenditure of 149 crore over the past five years under the “Har Medh Par Ped” program.

The program is implemented in 23 states and Union territories which have liberalized felling and transit rules to encourage tree planting on the boundaries of agricultural land. Farmers get extra income and this will make the farming system more climate resilient, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Tuesday in a written response to Lok Sabha.

Between 2016-17 and 2020-21, 808 nurseries were established, 93,809.27 hectares were covered with a 4.02 crore plantation, Tomar said.

Impact on yields

In another response, the minister said that the yields of rainfed and irrigated rice, wheat and kharif maize are likely to be reduced under projected climate change scenarios if adaptation measures are not taken. The government is addressing the risk associated with climate change by developing appropriate adaptation and mitigation strategies ensuring food security in the country as part of the National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA), he said. he declares.

The Indian Agricultural Research Council (ICAR) under the National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) network project conducts strategic research, technology demonstrations and capacity building to address the impact of climate change on agriculture and agri-food products, said Tomar.

ICAR has demonstrated climate resilient technologies, namely short lived drought tolerant varieties, crop diversification, integrated farming systems, soil and water conservation measures in the poorest districts. vulnerable countries in order to minimize the impact of climate change.

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