Satellite Survey System Being Strengthened for Crop Forecast

Since 2006, the GOI has been implementing a Central Sector Scheme on “Forecasting Agricultural Output using Space, Agro-meteorology and Land based observations (or FASAL)”. Under the program, a remote sensing methodology for national level crop forecast was developed for rice, wheat, winter potato, jute, rapeseed, and mustard.

Due to further price fluctuations, a new project was recently announced entitled the “Standardization of technology for assessment of Onion Area using Remote Sensing and Field Survey Techniques”. This program as the name suggests will provide an advance estimate of the area of onion production for formulating strategies in adopting corrective measures, in the event of shortage or glut in order to stabilize domestic prices.

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