The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has decided to start a Grameen Krishi Mausam Seva,in an effort to help farmers by providing them with weather information at the block level.
Under this programme,agromet advisories will be set up at block levels to help the farmers by providing them adequate information about the weather. This information will help them in taking decisions regarding irrigation,cultivation and other agricultural processes.
IMD Director L S Rathore said that this block level service was started on a trial basis in Meerut and Sonepat districts respectively. It was found that this service had helped the farmers to have better yields and also resulted in saving capital.
Rathore said,Now whenever farmers spray pesticides on the crops they get washed away with unpredictable rains. Once this block service will start,farmers will spray after getting information regarding the rains. Accordingly their cost of production can be saved.
He also said that in approximately 600 districts in the country,there are more than 6,000 blocks.
He claimed that the accuracy in the weather forecast is increasing as the department is getting equipped with advanced technology. An accurate weather forecast is needed in states like Punjab and Haryana where agriculture is an important part of the economy,he stressed.
Rathore said that the department is mulling over the putting of sensors on the highways so that drivers can be informed about the weather of the area they are approaching and a forecast will be available on toll plazas.
Speaking about the launch of the INSAT 3D satellite,Rathore said that the satellite will improve the observational system of the department which will further help in accurate data assimilation. He further added that the sounders in the satellite will provide better observation and the images will have better resolution than before.
He said that although weather is subjected to variability,with the help of the Doppler radar system,Chandigarhs weather forecast service has improved.
We have introduced an android-based mobile service which covers 120 cities of the country and Chandigarh also falls in the list of cities which are enjoying the service, said the Director General. According to L S Rathore,the monsoon forecast will be available by the third or fourth week of April.