Saving the land for better use

In India, the economic loss due to land degradation and changes in land use pattern was estimated in 2014-15 at Rs 3.17 trillion

Surinder Sud

“Arresting land degradation” was included among the top priorities by the G20 Working Group on Environment and Climate Sustainability in its meeting held in Bengaluru earlier this month. This issue is highly relevant to India, which has to support 18 per cent of the world’s population on only 2.4 per cent land. More worryingly, a sizeable segment of this land has already lost part of its productivity and carrying capacity due to mismanagement and indiscriminate anthropogenic activity, boding ill for the livelihood of a large number of farmers and forest-dwellers. The per capita availability of arable land has shrunk from 0.48 hectare in 1950 to merely 0.16 hectare now. This is much lower than the global average of 0.29 hectare.
Worse still, almost all states have reported an expansion in degraded areas during the past couple of decades, with the most rapid deterioration in land quality being in the biodiversity-rich but ecologically sensitive no
Disclaimer: These are personal views of the writer. They do not necessarily reflect the opinion of or the Business Standard newspaper

Also Read

'US looking forward to support India's G20 presidency': Janet Yellen

G20's declining share in the world, amid India's growing influence

Another lotus blooms

'Era not of war': G20 declaration uses Modi's words in call for diplomacy

G20 working group meeting to discuss climate change, land degradation

Sinful waste that needs to be stopped

The return of the millets

Growing across nations and continents

Food growers can be processors too

Breaking ground and filling the gaps

CO2 arbitrage will make heroes

Hospital held liable for acting without consent

Technology is making trade more trendy

Honeymoon with record profits may end in March

Finding Nellie's smoking gun

First Published: Feb 19 2023 | 11:02 PM IST

Explore News

To read the full story, subscribe to BS Premium now, at just Rs 249/ month.

Key stories on are available only to BS Premium subscribers. Already a BS Premium subscriber?LOGIN NOW

Register to