Climate related projects worth more than Rs 100 crore which were submitted by five states including Jammu and Kashmir and Mizoram were approved by the Union Environment Ministry. The Ministry which held its 9th meeting of National Steering Committee on Climate Change (NSCCC) gave its nod to Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) submitted by Telangana, Mizoram, Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya and Chhattisgarh for funding under the National Adaptation Fund on Climate Change (NAFCC).
“The Environment Ministry held the 9th meeting of NSCCC. The Committee approved the DPRs on adaptation submitted by Telangana, Mizoram, Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya and Chhattisgarh for funding under the NAFCC at a total cost of Rs 108 crore for implementation in these states,” an official statement said. Elaborating about the project in Telangana titled ‘Resilient Agricultural Households through Adaptation to Climate Change in Mahbubnagar district’, the Ministry said that it will incur a total cost of Rs 25 crore for four years.
Noting that the objective of the project will be to enhance the climate resilient agriculture for improving livelihoods, the Ministry said that it is expected to benefit more than 2,000 farming households of Mahbubnagar district in the state while 30-50 per cent of the beneficiaries will be women and small and marginal farmers. The Ministry said the project in Mizoram titled ‘Sustainable agriculture development through expansion, enhancement and modelling in the state of Mizoram’ will be implemented at a total cost of Rs 10.95 crore for three years.
“The overall objective is to enhance resilience of agriculture covering crops, livestock and fisheries through development and application of improved production and risk management technologies,” the statement said. The project in Jammu and Kashmir has been titled ‘Climate Resilient Sustainable Agriculture in Rainfed Farming (Kandi) Areas of Jammu & Kashmir’ and involve a cost of Rs 23.86 crore for four years.
“The project aims at a reduction in the agricultural vulnerability of farmers in water stressed rainshadow zones through promotion of appropriate cropping system, rainwater harvesting and recycling, appropriate irrigation and water saving facilities, integrated farming system, building soil resilience combined with integrated nutrition management with special focus on micro-nutrients and institutional interventions. The project is expected to benefit approximately 2,500 farming families particularly small and marginal farmers,” the Ministry said.
The Ministry said that the project in Meghalaya named ‘Spring-shed development works for rejuvenation of springs for climate resilient development in the water stressed areas of Meghalaya’ will incur a cost Rs 23.98 crore for four years. “The project aims to maintain and improve the integrity of the natural water bodies and its interventions will help in reducing the surface runoff of rainwater in the spring-shed areas, promote deeper water percolation, and rejuvenate the water table. The project is expected to benefit approximately 16,494 households,” it said.
Similarly, the project in Chhattisgarh has been named ‘Climate Adaptation in Wetlands along the Mahanadi River Catchment Area in Chhattisgarh’ will be at a cost of Rs 24.95 crore for four years. The project aims to promote water conservation and demand side management as a major adaptation strategy, while improving local livelihood and about 1,500 farmers would switch from commercial farming to climate smart agriculture practices, the Ministry said adding the project is expected to benefit around 7,000 families.