Kolkata, July 18 | Researchers at IIT Kharagpur in collaboration with the India Meteorological Department started offering an agro-advisory to cultivators to improve their production in different weather conditions, the IIT-KGP spokesperson said.
The institute have developed an advanced weather forecast system to help farmers in agricultural activities and reduce climatic risks, an official said.
Sponsored by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, two projects – ‘Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa’ and ‘Forecasting Agricultural output using Space, Agrometeorology and Land-based observations’ – provide weather information to farmers to improve their economic return, the official said.
Farmers get awareness on managing inputs such as fertilizer, irrigation, and pesticide every week throughout the cropping season.
The advisory is being sent in Bengali to about three lakh farmers of West Medinipur, Jhargram, Bankura, Birbhum, and Purulia in West Bengal.
Using the advisory, they can protect their crop from extreme weather events and reduce production cost by need-based irrigation, fertilizer and pesticide applications, the professor said.
IIT Kharagpur director professor Virendra Kumar Tewari said, “Besides sending the agro-advisory, we also conduct training and awareness programs regularly in villages on organic and integrated farming and advanced production technology for sustainable agricultural growth.”