Fears For Farming And Trade Stopped India Signing COP26 Forest, Methane Pledges



Neha Arora and Mayank Bhardwaj | Reuters

NEW DELHI, Nov 3 (Reuters) – India did not sign the COP26 pledge to stop deforestation and cut methane gas emissions by 2030 because of its concerns over the impact on trade, on the country’s vast farm sector, and the role of livestock in the rural economy, officials said.

At the COP26 global climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, world leaders on Tuesday pledged to stop deforestation by the end of the decade and cut emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane to help slow climate change.

Agriculture accounts for over 15% of India’s $2.7 trillion economy and employs almost half of the country’s more than 1.3 billion people.

Around two-thirds of Indians live in the countryside and India’s large livestock population is central to the country’s agriculture and its village economy.

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