New Delhi, 18 October, 2010
‘Power of information can be useful in achieving the goals of food security. India can enhance agriculture productivity up to 8-10 percent by providing weather forecasting at the right time to the farmers’, said Sri Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) in ‘Interface Meeting on Weather Forecasting &Agro-advisory Services’ organized at National Agriculture Science Complex, New Delhi.
Elaborating the various steps taken by the MoES for information dissemination, he hoped that the SMS facility for weather forecasting will be availed by the one million farmers by the next year. ‘Continuous improvement in services and use of satellite observation is very crucial for success. We must take steps in this direction’, he urged.
Sri V. Venkatachalam, Additional Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation (DAC) highlighted the role of weather forecasting in crop management. Weather forecasting for the months of June and July and micro level predictions with more accuracy is need of hour, he added.
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research regarded agricultural information as important as seed for farmers. ‘Farmers are looking for more and accurate information. ICAR, Indian Space Research Organization and MoES have many achievements but a lot is to be done for welfare of farmers. All concerned departments should prepare a mechanism to fulfill aspirations of farmers’, he emphasized.
Dr. B.P. Yadav, Director, India Metrological Department and Dr. A.K.Singh, Deputy Director General (NRM), ICAR also graced the occasion.
Interface meeting was jointly organized by the ICAR, MoES, ISRO and DAC. Senior Officials from ICAR, ISRO, MoES and DAC participated in the interface meeting.
(Source:NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization, DIPA)