New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) The proposed modernisation of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) will help to extend weather information services to farmers across the country, Minister for Science and Technology Kapil Sibal said Monday.
Currently, 107 universities were being provided weather-related advisories to help farmers plan their agriculture-related activities, Sibal told a press conference here.
The minister said greater connectivity was needed to extend the facility to all the 600 districts in the country.
Weather-related risks for farmers will be a major focus of two international meets - The International Workshop on Coping with Agro-meteorological Risks and Uncertainties: challenges and opportunities, and 14th session of the Commission for Agriculture Meteorology (CagM) being held here from Oct 25 to Nov 3.
Identification and assessment of farmers' strategies for coping with risks, inadequate attention to agro-climatic characteristics of a location, lack of timely information on weather and climate risks and uncertainties are among the issues that will be discussed at the global meet.
'All the crucial aspects of agricultural meteorology will be discussed during the meeting of the commission for providing better services to the farming community,' Sibal said.
In many parts of the world, uncertainty over weather and climate is one of the major risk factors for agricultural production. Management of agricultural risks is even more important from India's point of view where about 60 percent of the cultivated area is dependent on the vagaries of rainfall.