Government mulls weather inputs for farmers

July 27th, 2011 - 11:20 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) The government Wednesday said it is planning to launch a National Monsoon Mission to provide accurate rain forecast and other weather inputs to farmers.

Speaking at the annual function of his ministry, Earth Sciences Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said that agro-Met services will have greater importance in the coming years.

“The ministry has plans to establish the National Monsoon Mission to address these challenging issues relating to the monsoon rainfall in India. They not only provide fairly accurate monsoon forecasts but also issue weather related agro advisories to farmers so that the kisan (farmer) can plan his farming and increase the productivity of his soil,” Deshmukh said.

“India’s total demand for food grain is projected to touch 280 million tonnes by the year 2020-21. For this, improved monsoon rainfall predictions and associated enhancements to the agro-advisory services have been identified as priority activities,” he added.

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