Agriculture

Greenpeace Indonesia and local communities in Batang, Central Java, have alleged alarmingly high figures for greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants from a coal-fired power plant being built in the district.
Read Full Story One of China’s major industrial regions, the province of Hunan, is launching a green drive to try to clean up heavy metal contamination the province has suffered over the last few decades of frenetic growth.
ADB President Nakao
Asia’s precious but increasingly scarce water resources should be managed in a coordinated way to ensure the region has not only sufficient water but also enough food and energy to meet its needs, according to Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao. “We need to think differently about water and its uses for food and energy production—and take action,” Nakao told delegates in a keynote speech yesterday at the 14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit.
India’s central government has a long-term plan to upgrade the country’s 26 million electric groundwater pumps, often powered by diesel generators, for more efficient solar-powered models.
Green India Mission
January 24, 2014
India’s central government looks set to approve INR130 billion (USD2.0 billion) of funding to get the Green India Mission under way. First mooted in 2011, the Green India Mission (GIM) is a 10-year program aimed at improving the quality of five million hectares of degraded forests and bringing another five million hectares of non-forest areas under forest cover through social and farm forestry.
Arable land contaminated with heavy metals will be withdrawn from agricultural production, a senior Chinese agricultural official said yesterday.
Food security, rural environment have been cited by the central government as its top priorities for 2014, according to a document published on the State Council’s website yesterday.
China Wetlands
China’s wetlands have shrunk nearly nine percent in the last decade, contributing to the country’s water shortage and putting increased pressure on its food production, energy output and industrial activity.
While much attention and money is being lavished on improving China’s urban environment, it turns out that cleaning up the countryside could be an even bigger challenge after three decade of urban and industrial encroachment.
A Renewable Energy Village has taken root in farmland contaminated by radiation fallout from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster. The project's vision of combining solar panels with growing crops aims to inspire Japanese farmers to reclaim their abandoned livelihoods.