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AGROMET advisories to the farmers touches 19 MN

05 Aug 2016

Indian minister for state for ministry of science & technology and earth sciences, Y S Chowdary has informed the upper house of parliament that the Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa (GKMS) AGROMET service of India Meteorological Department (IMD) has crossed 19.1 million as on July 2016.

Indian minister for state for ministry of science & technology and earth sciences, Y S Chowdary has informed the upper house of parliament that the Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa (GKMS) AGROMET service of India Meteorological Department (IMD) has crossed 19.1 million as on July 2016.

During the same period last year, farmers 11.5 million farmers have received the agromet service.

The minister said, IMD was successful in providing the crop specific advisories to the farmers through different print/visual/Radio/ IT based media including short message service (SMS) and Interactive Voice Response Service (IVRS) facilitating for appropriate field level actions.

Efforts are continuously being made to expand the participation and outreach to all farmers under GKMS scheme, Chowdary adds.

Detailing the current status of the scheme, the Minister informed that crop specific advisories under GKMS, through Agriculture Field Monitoring Unit (AFMU), are rendered twice a week in collaboration with State Agricultural Universities (SAUs), institutions of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), IITs etc. Such advisories are formulated based on district level weather forecast for next 5-days in respect of:

  • Rainfall
  • Maximum temperature, minimum temperature
  • Wind speed, wind direction
  • Relative humidity and cloud cover
  • Weekly cumulative rainfall forecast

Further, Chowdary, in his reply, noted that weather forecast based agro meteorological advisories are disseminated in vernacular language through Kisan portal launched by the Ministry of Agriculture and also under public private partnership. At present, the GKMS products are disseminated through SMS and IVRS to 19.1 million farmers in the country.

State wise details of number of farmers receiving AGROMET Advisories through SMS during July 2015 & July 2016 are given below:

State Name

Number of farmers receiving SMS through Kisan Portal–July 2015

Number of farmers receiving SMS through Kisan Portal–July 2016

ANDHRA PRADESH

109200

143091

ASSAM

33475

24240

BIHAR

453330

676325

GUJARAT

214660

154747

HARYANA

265339

339253

HIMACHAL PRADESH

15556

541634

JAMMU AND KASHMIR

19376

4817

KARNATAKA

151244

218808

KERALA

468190

373240

MADHYA PRADESH

519936

232328

MAHARASHTRA

2088203

4928562

MANIPUR

797

184

MEGHALAYA

923

987

MIZORAM

0

1831

NAGALAND

1965

2539

ODISHA

113133

156168

PUNJAB

123530

136526

RAJASTHAN

185625

221473

TAMIL NADU

754498

709317

TRIPURA

3723

4389

UTTAR PRADESH

1287475

852112

UTTARAKHAND

75456

80587

WEST BENGAL

123611

389440

CHATTISGARH

1292293

1366443

JHARKAND

535812

748535

A AND N ISLANDS

1234

2056

ARUNACHAL PRADESH

308

450

DELHI

3725

1926

PUDUCHERRY

3167

23538

TELANGANA

78270

82294

SIKKIM

2

 

Total

8924056

12417840

SMS sent by AMFUs through NIC and other services

130198

129961

Reliance Foundation

17000

2639919

SMS by Private companies under PPP mode

2407853

3912280

Grand Total

11.5 million

19.1 million


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