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In order to formulate and monitor the development schemes in agriculture sector by utilising satellite technologies, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have come together. For this, Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), an agriculture development programme of the Ministry and National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) of ISRO signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in New Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion, Radha Mohan Singh, Minister for Agriculture said that development of space-related technologies to prepare the list of the assets and their utilisation is a progressive step. Being aware of the realistic status of assets would not only be helpful in monitoring and utilising, but also be extremely useful in formulating development schemes in the agriculture sector. Agriculture Minister added that it would also help in avoiding duplication and pave the way for harmonising a balance between the various schemes of the ministry.
Agriculture Minister further added that there is unlimited scope for agriculture development by utilising satellite and remote sensing technologies. The government wants farmers to avail the benefits provided by these technologies. Singh said that by utilising space-related technologies farmers will get timely information about pesticide/residue testing labs, storage infrastructure and agriculture markets.
Singh emphasised that the space technology needs to be developed in the areas such as land resource mapping, pesticides management, soil health mapping, crop yield estimation as well as the identification and assessment of floods like calamities, inland fisheries, animal species identification and sheep rearing and when the technology is developed, the farmers can enjoy quick and instant benefits.
He said very soon farmers would utilise the internet and mobile phones to obtain agriculture related information such as fertility of soil, the quantity of fertiliser to be used, condition for sowing potential pests aggression, estimation of yield, godowns, cold storage, agriculture markets as well as identification and availabilities of animal species.
Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) under the Ministry of Agriculture works for the development of Agriculture and allied sectors by motivating the states. More than 1.5 lakh assets have been created and developed under this scheme in agriculture, horticulture, livestock, fisheries and dairy sectors.