Climate change is a big challenge for everyone and especially for farmers throughout the world. The increased frequency of extreme weather events such as droughts, floods, and storms is a challenging issue. Around 570 million farms across the world now face the threat of climate change. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has defined Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) as an approach that can help in transforming agri-food systems into green and climate-friendly practices.
CSA is aligned with the goals set in the Paris Agreement. It aims to tackle three main objectives:
- Sustainably increase agricultural productivity and income
- Adapt and build resilience to climate change
- Reduce or remove greenhouse gas emissions
Practices for better water management and CSA are gradually improving in India. Farmers in different parts of the country face different climate vulnerabilities. These are based on their landholding sizes, crops grown, and geographic locations. CSA includes agro-advisory services and weather insurance, solar water pumps, community-based and on-farm water management, adaptive varieties of crops, breeds and seed banks, sustainable livestock management, integrated nutrient management, and use of biogas, and minimum tillage.
Technological interventions and collaborations
As the changes set in and the CSA gains momentum, solar-based irrigation systems and direct-seeded rice are gaining popularity. Direct seeded crops require less labour and they mature faster than transplanted crops. Direct-seeded rice could help in addressing the paddy stubble burning issue in north India, which is one of the biggest environmental challenges. Also, practices such as inter-cropping, multiple cropping, and crop rotation are also helping farmers in the fight against climate change.
Collaborative approaches between government agencies and farmers enable mechanised farming and open up to new technological inventions, and this is the way to go with CSA. Big Data and digital innovations at various levels can empower farmers to face climate-linked challenges in agriculture.
Reducing carbon emissions
According to a report by FAO, to achieve food security and agricultural development goals by 2030, adapting to climate change and lowering emissions will be necessary. As per their report, around 41% of Green House Gas (GHG) comes from agriculture.
To reduce GHG, we need to start by replacing polluting and expensive diesel pump sets and promote water-saving via micro irrigation systems. This will help us reap enormous benefits. In keeping with this, the PM KUSUM (Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan) and PM-KSVY (Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana) Programs aim to install solar agricultural pumps and micro-irrigation systems across India.
As the agriculture sector adapts to these changes to promote climate-smart agriculture as well as reduce carbon emissions, farmers also reap the benefit of increasing agricultural production. As the production grows, the inflow of crops in mandis will also increase. This will eventually lead to an increase in the workload of commission agents engaged in mandi accounting. They will need to invest more time in managing bills, inventory, etc. Understanding the concerns of commission agents in mandi accounting and turning them into opportunities, Bijak which is India’s Number 1 Agritrading App, came up with a solution for mandi accounting called ChargeERP.
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