India condemned as ‘baseless’ and ‘factually inaccurate’ statements that it had signed the Action Agenda on Sustainable Agriculture at the present COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in Scotland.
The ‘Sustainable Agriculture Policy Action Agenda for the Transformation to Sustainable Agriculture and Global Action Agenda for Innovation in Agriculture’ was a highlight of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) over the weekend (UNFCCC).
‘Countries such as India, Colombia, Vietnam, Germany, Ghana, and Australia were represented from all continents,’ the UK’s COP26 release highlighted around the announcement.
‘According to some media reports, India has signed the COP26 Action Agenda on Sustainable Agriculture at the current Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland. Such assertions are baseless and factually false,’ said Gaurav Khare, the official spokesperson for the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, who is also a member of the Indian delegation to the COP26 summit.
‘A National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA) is one of the missions operating in the country to address climate change as part of the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC).’
‘The mission’s goal is to develop and implement strategies to make Indian agriculture more resilient to climate change,’ he explained. The NMSA was approved for three major components, according to the spokesperson: Rainfed Area Development (RAD), On-Farm Water Management (OFWM), and Soil Health Management (SHM).
Following that, four new programs were launched: the Soil Health Card (SHC), the Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY), the Mission Organic Value Chain Development in the North Eastern Region (MOVCDNER), and the Sub Mission on Agroforestry (SMAF).
‘During 2015-16, the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) component was operationalized and subsumed under the PMKSY Per Drop More Crop (PDMC). In addition to the previously mentioned NMSA programs, the Restructured National Bamboo Mission (NBM) was launched in April 2018. Several steps are being taken to keep Indian agriculture on track for long-term viability’ He emphasized.