Environment Management

The project investments are likely to have some direct or indirect adverse environmental impacts related to
  1. Construction activities for infrastructure development;
  2. working of market infrastructure (generation and management of solid vegetative, animal or trash wastes)
  3. Intensification of agricultural production (resulting in increased application of chemical fertilizers and pesticides)
  4. Livestock support activities. 
The project envisages upgrading existing APMCs and Rural Haats (Weekly Bazars), and putting in place improved and inclusive management of the markets. The Project involves demonstration for improving on farm practices, especially though adoption of improved agricultural technologies and crop diversification, which may involve limited use of fertilizers and /or pesticides. At the same time, Project also promotes use of organic inputs and conservation agriculture approaches to ensure that yield increases are environmentally sustainable.
 
WB Safeguard policies: 
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The project investments are likely to have some direct or indirect adverse environmental impacts related to
  1. Construction activities for infrastructure development;
  2. working of market infrastructure (generation and management of solid vegetative, animal or trash wastes)
  3. Intensification of agricultural production (resulting in increased application of chemical fertilizers and pesticides)
  4. Livestock support activities. 
The project envisages upgrading existing APMCs and Rural Haats (Weekly Bazars), and putting in place improved and inclusive management of the markets. The Project involves demonstration for improving on farm practices, especially though adoption of improved agricultural technologies and crop diversification, which may involve limited use of fertilizers and /or pesticides. At the same time, Project also promotes use of organic inputs and conservation agriculture approaches to ensure that yield increases are environmentally sustainable.
 
WB Safeguard policies: 
MACP is a category B project. The safeguard policies on environment Assessment (OP/BP/4.01) and pest Management (OP 4.09) are triggered. An ESMF is in place to ensure that appropriate environmental and social mitigation measures and processes are incorporated into the project design, planning and implementation stages.
 
Environmental Assessment (OP/BP/4.01):
This is applicable given the project focus on upgrading agricultural marketing infrastructure and improving crop productivity and diversification. While issues related to solid waste generation are expected, potential adverse environmental impacts on natural resource are expected to be limited.
 
Pest Management (OP 4.01):
While the project is not financing any direct procurement of pesticides and other agro-chemicals, except for some demonstrations of better farm practices, it is likely that with better marketing opportunities in close proximity, farmers would tend to increase land-based productivity through application of fertilizers, pesticides and other agro-chemicals, for increasing crop yields and while diversifying cropping pattern and intensity. Therefore, pest management is triggered. The ESMF includes appropriate measures to mitigate adverse impacts arising from use of pesticides, including a strategy on Integrated Pest as well as Nutrient Management.
 
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