Agriculture

Program on use of space tech for agriculture on the anvil

Plans are for integrated use of space and geo-spatial tools for monitoring of agri operations.

The  Union Agriculture Ministry  has proposed National Programme on use of Space Technology for Agriculture (NPSTA), envisaging integrated use of space and geo-spatial tools for mapping, monitoring and management of agriculture, according to information provided in parliament.

The new integrated programme will have four sub- programmes catering to various themes –crop assessment and monitoring; agricultural resources management, disaster monitoring and mitigation and satellite communication and navigation applications, Minister of State for Agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat told the Lok Sabha in a written reply.

 All the current running programmes, such as FASAL (for crop forecasting), NADAMS (for drought assessment), CHAMAN (for horticultural assessment and development), KISAN (for crop insurance) and Crop Intensification planning, will be subsumed under this proposed programmes, he said.
IANS

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