Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the people at the 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, on Monday.
During the address he announced that India would raise its target for restoring degraded land from 21 million hectares to 26 million hectares by 2030.
Speaking at the 14th session of the Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Indian Prime Minister said between 2015 and 2017, India’s tree and forest cover increased by 0.8 million hectares.
Modi said, “I would like to announce that India would raise its ambition of the total area that would be restored from its land degradation status, from twenty one million hectares to twenty six million hectares between now and 2030.”
He also added India would be happy to propose initiatives for greater South-South cooperation in addressing issues of climate change, biodiversity and land degradation. Narendra Modi also spoke about the various irrigation program launched by the government to double the income of the farmers, by increasing crop yield through land restoration and micro-irrigation. He said, My Government has launched a program to double the income of farmers by increasing crop yield through various measures. This includes land restoration and micro-irrigation.”
He further spoke about Water management and creation of “Jal Shakti Ministry”.
Mr. Modi said, “Water management is another important issue to address LDN. We have created “Jal Shakti Ministry” to address all water related important issues in totality.”