Conversion Of Barren Land Into Arable Land:

Union Minister of Agriculture informed Rajya Sabha about desertification/land degradation in India.

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1 As per the Desertification and Land Degradation Atlas of India, prepared by the Space Applications Centre for the period 2011-2013, 96.4 million hectares i.e. 29.32% of the Total Geographical Area of the country is undergoing the process of desertification/land degradation.

2. Approximately 6.35% of land in Uttar Pradesh is undergoing desertification/degradation.

3. National Afforestation & Eco Development Board (NAEB) Division of the Ministry of Environment is implementing the "National Afforestation Programme (NAP)" for ecological restoration of degraded forest areas.

4. India has also committed to achieve land degradation neutrality status by 2030.

In addition, at the recently concluded 14th session of the Conference of Parties of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification held in India in September, 2019, India has raised its ambition to restore degraded land from 21 mha to 26 mha by 2030.

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