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NITI Aayog’s GROW Report and Portal Overview: 1 Mar 2024

Why in News:

  • The Greening and Restoration of Wasteland with Agroforestry (GROW) report and portal is launched by NITI Aayog which aims to address land degradation and promote agroforestry.


GROW Report: 

  • India has approximately 55.76 million hectares of wastelands, about 16.96% of the country’s total geographical area.
  • Agroforestry Potential: Advocates for transforming wastelands through agroforestry, which currently spans 8.65% of India’s area.
  • Aims at restoring 26 million hectares of degraded land by 2030 and increasing carbon sequestration.
  • Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Telangana are top states for agroforestry potential.
  • Highlights the importance of the National Agroforestry Policy (2014) and its role in meeting global environmental commitments.


GROW Portal Features:

  • Platform: Available on the Bhuvan platform for widespread accessibility.
  • Data Accessibility: Provides state and district-level agroforestry suitability data and mapping.
  • Technology Use: Leverages remote sensing and GIS for detailed agroforestry assessments.
  • Agroforestry Suitability Index (ASI): Introduces ASI for national-level prioritization of agroforestry projects.
  • Agroforestry Coverage: Offers detailed insights into the current scope and geographical distribution of agroforestry in India.