Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Satellite Survey System Being Strengthened for Crop Forecast
Government of India is implementing a Central Sector Scheme on "Forecasting Agricultural Output using Space, Agro-meteorology and Land based observations (FASAL)" since 2006. Under the scheme, remote sensing methodology for national level crop forecast has been developed for crops like rice, wheat, winter potato, jute, rapeseed, and mustard. Besides, the Mahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre has been during 2012-13 with a view to prepare in-season crop forecasts using state-of-the art techniques and methodologies for selected major crops.

A Project entitled "Standardization of the technology for assessment of Onion Area using Remote Sensing and Field Survey Techniques" has also been sanctioned. The system is to provide advance estimation of area and production of onions for formulating strategies and in adopting corrective measures, in the event of shortage or glut of onions, in order to stabilize its domestic prices.

This information was given by Shri Harish Rawat, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 

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