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Agro meteorology research centre to come up at IMD’s Pune,Delhi units

Byong Lyol Lee said the concept has been devised by WMO for capacity building in the field.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: October 29, 2013 5:48:17 am

India’s expertise in the field of agro meteorology has earned it accolades. The decision of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) to set up Centre for Research and Excellence in Agro Meteorology (CREAM) at Pune and Delhi centres of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) is another feather in the department’s cap.

As the name suggests,the centre would impart training in the field of agricultural meteorlogy. Byong Lyol Lee,president,Commission for Agricultural Meteorology,said the concept has been devised by WMO for capacity building in the field.

Addressing the media on the sidelines of the international workshop on Capacity building for Agrometeorological Services held in the city on Monday,Lee said along with IMD,seven global universities will be part of the project.

“Capacity building is important as accurate information on weather change will be crucial for agriculture in the days to come,” he said.

N Chattopadhyay,Deputy Director General of meteorology,said research on four major areas of expertise — food,security,water health and disaster management — will be undertaken at the centres. “Instead of issuing agromet advisory five days in advance,we are experimenting on issuing advisories 10 days in advance,”

he said.

Chattopadhyay said over 5 lakh farmers across the country are receiving alerts from the department. Speaking about the future course of action,he said the department is planning to take science to a next level with the help of Indian Space Research Organisation. “We will address diseases,pest menace and other agriculture-related problems with the help of satellite imagery. This will help farmers plan their agricultural cycle better,” he said.

With 50 more doppler radars set to be installed by the department,Chattopadhyay said the range of predictions of the department would increase substantially. “Meteorologist from across the world will be trained on real-time data at the centre. Once they return to their countries,they will help in developing such capacities there,” he said.

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