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Remote sensing satellites to monitor drought in state

Remote sensing satellites will be used by the state government for monitoring drought in the state.

Written by Expressnewsservice | Chandigarh |
December 6, 2008 11:08:29 pm

Remote sensing satellites will be used by the state government for monitoring drought in the state.

A spokesman of the Science and Technology Department, Haryana, said a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Haryana Space Application Centre (HARSAC), an autonomous body of the department of Science and Technology and National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad, to monitor the drought situation at block level in the state.

Under the MoU signed, the project would be taken up jointly by HARSAC and NRSC for three years, after which the technology would be transferred to HARSAC.

The proposed system would be a major milestone in the drought management in the state. The spokesman said advance wide image field sensor data from resource satellite of India would be used to assess the agricultural drought situation in the entire state.

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Various line departments of Haryana like Revenue and Disaster Management, Agriculture and Irrigation have agreed to provide detailed field information regarding the extent and progress of sowing of the crops in Haryana.

He pointed out that by analysing and interpreting the satellite data to be acquired at frequent intervals, a monthly drought bulletin would be jointly prepared by HARSAC and NRSC indicating the drought situation. The bulletin would be circulated to all the line departments so that they can take contingency measures.

The information would also be useful in irrigation scheduling and assessment of crop damage, etc. Below normal or delayed monsoon during Kharif season and lack of rains during winter months has caused agricultural drought in the state leading to reduced productivity of crops.

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