Among Asian countries, India has the largest arable land, which is close to 39 per cent of Asia’s arable land. Only United States of America has more arable land than India
India produces 50% of world’s mango, 19% of banana, 36% of cashewnut, 38% of cauliflower, 28% of green peas
Presently, a small percentage of farm produce is processed into value added products. The level of processing for fruits and vegetables is envisaged to increase from the present 2.2% to 10% and 15% in 2010 and 2015 respectively.
While the gross irrigation potential is estimated to have increased from 19.5 million hectare at the time of independence to about 95 million hectare by the end of the Year 1999-2000, further development of a substantial order is necessary if the food and fiber needs of our growing population are to be met with.
As a result, water, which is already a scarce resource, will become even scarcer in future. This underscores the need for the utmost efficiency in water utilisation and a public awareness of the importance of its conservation.
Forest management including action plan for improvement of quality (like density, naturalness) and quantity (extent) of forest in low forest cover districts/areas which are served by the water resources project
Plan for green belt (other than catchment area).
Reservoir rim treatment plan
Comments/observations/recommendations of Chief Wildlife Warden in- case Wildlife
habitat/migratory path exists within 7 Kilometers of project site
Conservation plan for affected flora/fauna including rehabilitation plan for rare/endangered species including action plan for alternate breeding ground and access corridor for food and shelter.
Index map of catchment areas with yearly target (physical & financial).
Action plan for control of irrigation induced water logging, salinity etc including strategies and policies with choice of species/crop for optimum use of water for agriculture to reduce adverse impacts of excessive irrigation including water logging.
Action plan for command area development in respect of irrigation potential.
Ground water management including harnessing of ground water in conjunction with surface water.
Land use management with special emphasis on water logging problem