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Posted at: Feb 14, 2018, 12:02 AM; last updated: Feb 14, 2018, 12:02 AM (IST)

NABARD to review Rs 20 crore climate change project

Tribune News Service

Solan, February 13

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) will soon review the status of a Rs 20-crore project on “Sustainable livelihoods of agriculture-dependent rural communities” through ‘Climate-smart solutions’ being executed in Sirmaur district.

The project was sanctioned in December 2015 by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change under the newly created National Adaptation Fund on Climate Change. A sum of Rs 3.30 crore has already been incurred on this project, which is being implemented by the Department of Environment since January 2016. Himachal is among the first few states to have bagged a project under this fund after it was established in 2015.

“Sirmaur district was chosen for this project as it has the second highest rural population growth in a decade. A majority of its tehsils were hit by drought in 2002 and 2009,’’ said Dr Suresh Attri, Principal Scientific Officer, Department of Environment.

He said a vulnerability assessment study taking into account the expose, sensitivity and adaptive capacity of six development blocks had been completed and now the details of 15,000 beneficiary farmers was being compiled.

Several micro and macro-level interventions have been introduced in the area for assured irrigation. As many as three lift irrigation schemes have been put in place in three blocks by the Irrigation and Public Health Department. At least 73 micro irrigation schemes in the remaining three blocks have also been launched. Of these, 12 have been completed.

Officials of the Agriculture and Horticulture Departments have been asked to submit proposals for putting in place irrigation enhancing facilities such as sprinklers and drip irrigation mechanism.

The project has been meticulously planned where significant steps such as the constructing of ponds has been completed.

The list of farmer interest groups (FIGs), who will be benefited by these interventions, is also being prepared as it will help gauge the success rate once all climate-smart interventions are introduced.

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