Dr. Kasturirangan Unveiled Intimate Relationship between Space and Agriculture

New Delhi, 5 June 2010


‘Weather forecasting is a key area where space science and technology is lending a supportive hand to the agriculture through its array of satellites and imageries’, said Dr. K. Kasturirangan, Member, Planning Commission while delivering Foundation Day Lecture of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences at New Delhi.

Dr. Kasturirangan emphasized that space science and technology is an innovative tool for enhancing efficiency and productivity of agricultural systems. Correct estimation of green cover and water resources will help management of precious assets and image-based warning for outbreak of pest and diseases will help shrink the crop losses. Advance yield forecasting can be a good resource for planning to effectively run the public distribution system. Space applications for quick and effective delivery of messages to stake holders have already shown the results and impact, he said.

Dr. Mangala Rai, President, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, proposed a roadmap for developing an innovative model for transformation of agriculture in India. While delivering presidential address, he emphasized location, situation and system based bottom-up perspective planning to achieve policy and programme goals formulated in a participatory mode. Development of forward and backward linkage, forging efficient, effective and relevant partnerships with an end to end approach involving stakeholders, players and partners is essential, he added.

A landmark publication integrating work done by different institutes of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and the Department of Space in the area of degraded and wastelands was released on the occasion-Degraded and wastelands of India.

(Source: NAIP sub project on Mass Media Mobilization, DIPA)