Delhi, India: Sharad Pawar, Minister of Agriculture and Food Processing
Industries, Government of India (GoI), inaugurated National Crop Forecast
Centre (NCFC) in New Delhi. The centre will provide in-season forecasts for
selected 11 major crops such as rice, wheat, sugarcane and maize. It will also
assess drought situation in the country through latest technologies.
centre, in collaboration with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), will
also work towards preparing sub-district level drought assessment in the
entire country, an official release stated. The Department of Agriculture and
Cooperation prepares advance estimates of crop output through various
technologies like remote sensing and GIS.
ISRO through its programme the National Agriculture Drought Assessment and
Monitoring System (NADAMS) provides data on drought assessment in various
states during the monsoon season. The centre will help in integrating data
from these sources and would also provide production forecasts of more crops.
coordinate the use of geomatics in cropping system, horticulture, soil and
its health and estimation of damage due to natural calamities.