New Delhi, Sep 23 (PTI) The area devoted to organic farming and agroforestry in the Ganges basin region increased from 23,840 hectares to 1.03,780 hectares, the National Mission for a Clean Ganges announced Thursday .
The information was shared by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, at a meeting of the empowered working group on Wednesday, which was chaired by the Minister of State of the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Bishweswar Tudu. .
The empowered working group includes several ministries, departments and central state governments to ensure better coordination and convergence between agencies for the holistic rejuvenation of the Ganga River and its basin, according to a statement.
Ministries and states have provided updates on recent developments and have also outlined their future plans, the National Mission for a Clean Ganga (NMCG) said.
“Among central ministries, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare reported that the total area devoted to organic farming and agroforestry increased from 23,840 hectares (Ha) to 1,037,780 hectares. “said the Jal Shakti ministry.
Of this total, the land for organic farming in Uttarakhand is 50,840 Ha, Uttar Pradesh 42,180 Ha, Bihar 16,060 Ha and Jharkhand is 4,540 Ha in the Ganges basin region.
The idea behind this is to prevent pesticides from spilling into the river, an NMCG official said.
The Ministry of Agriculture is also ensuring that the switch to organic farming increases farmers’ incomes and improves water use and crop diversification. States also use the Namami Gange brand for organic agricultural products along the Ganges, he said.
Meanwhile, the tourism ministry said the Ganga museum in Haridwar is now operational, while the one in Rishikesh is ready for the inauguration and another museum in Patna has been sanctioned.
The ministry is also working on the development of tourist circuits along the Ganges in Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand and Bihar. A report on architectural, cultural and natural mapping of 38 districts was also submitted, according to the statement.
Among states, Bihar is committed to promoting the production and marketing of organic products as part of its âstate organic missionâ. Uttar Pradesh is working on promoting organic planting in urban areas and developing mandis (outlets) in urban residential settlements to encourage people to buy organic produce, he said.
Uttarakhand launched 20 large and 410 small outlets to promote organic products along Char Dham Yatra, while Jharkhand government launched “Jharkhand Organic Agriculture Authority” to promote organic farming in the state, especially along the Ganges.
West Bengal has launched a massive planting campaign in the Sunderban area. About 15 crore of trees will be planted in three districts covering 10,000 acres of land under the drive, the statement added.
Addressing the meeting, Tudu said Namami Ganges is not just a Ganges cleansing program, but an initiative to bring collective consciousness among the masses.
Therefore, all central and state ministries will have to come together under one roof to make Ganga âAviral and Nirmal,â he said.
In a related development, the NMCG said that Trimble Mobility Solutions India Private Limited (TMSIP) of the Trimble Group has contributed Rs 42.8 lakh to the Clean Ganga Fund.
Many individuals, businesses, PSUs, and religious trusts have contributed to the Clean Ganga Fund in recent years.
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