Agroforestry in Punjab

Punjab

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The State of Punjab is an agriculture intensive state with a traditional rice-wheat cropping system that has contributed towards food security of the country. Agroforestry has emerged as one of the viable alternatives for diversification from existing rice-wheat rotation. At present, more than 80% demand of wood and wood products in the country is met from the agroforestry sector, 6% from natural forest and 12% from import. The farmers could benefit from around Rs. 300-400 crore per year in addition to the timber value on the basis of existing carbon price in the voluntary market. The carbon finance program will enhance the income of farmers and also help Punjab to move forward towards carbon neutrality.

Background of Project

The project area comprises of 500,000+ hectares. The selected 5 districts are from the Kandi Area and they are – Hoshiarpur, Rupnagar, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar and Pathankot. Capacities would be built for the frontline staff of all the 5 districts in assessment of 5 pools of carbon. Other components include capacity building of forest personnel through training programs on remote sensing, use of GIS & GPS, for real time monitoring of forest dynamics, preparation of project design document (PDD) and the registration of the program under verified carbon standards (VCS). The potential of carbon sequestration in five districts (Roopnagar, Hoshiyarpur, Ajit Singh Nagar, Shahid Bhagat Singh and Pathankot) is around 6-6.5 million tons of CO2 per year.

The Project

The project area comprises of 500,000+ hectares. The selected 5 districts are from the Kandi Area and they are – Hoshiarpur, Rupnagar, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar and Pathankot. Capacities would be built for the frontline staff of all the 5 districts in assessment of 5 pools of carbon. Other components include capacity building of forest personnel through training programs on remote sensing, use of GIS & GPS, for real time monitoring of forest dynamics, preparation of project design document (PDD) and the registration of the program under verified carbon standards (VCS). The potential of carbon sequestration in five districts (Roopnagar, Hoshiyarpur, Ajit Singh Nagar, Shahid Bhagat Singh and Pathankot) is around 6-6.5 million tons of CO2 per year.

The Benefits

The projects provide livelihood upliftment for marginalised farmers by the generation of additional income from carbon credits. It promotes gender sensitive strategies and improved regulations on cultural reservation. This project promotes farmer-industry partnership and local financing arrangements via carbon projects. It improves air quality, soil quality and conserve biodiversity. It also improves access to better education to health and safety.