Agri ministry launches pilot on crop insurance data collection

By: | Published: October 6, 2015 12:10 AM

Initially, a pilot study will be carried out in rice and cotton fields in four districts during the ongoing kharif season

To ensure faster crop insurance claims by farmers, the agriculture ministry on Monday launched a pilot programme called Kisan where images from satellite, drone-based imaging and other geospatial technology would be used to get data on crop yields.

Besides, the ministry launched an Android-based app for collection of data on hailstorms and its impact on standing crops. “The crop insurance claim is calculated on the basis of crop cutting experiments. However, there has always been a problem in getting timely and accurate data, due to which payment of claims to farmers were getting delayed,”  minister of state for agriculture Sanjeev Kumar Balyan said.

The programme envisages use of high resolution remote sensing data both from satellite and drone-based imaging, sophisticated modelling activity and other geospatial technology for improving the accuracy of crop yield estimation through more efficient crop cutting experiments.

Initially, a pilot study will be carried out in rice and cotton fields in four districts during the ongoing kharif season in Karnataka (Shimoga district), Maharashtra (Yavatmal), Haryana (Kurukshetra) and Madhya Pradesh (Seoni).

The pilot would also be carried out during the 2015-16 rabi or winter season in eight districts in same states to assess the crop yields of rice, wheat and shorghu. After getting reports from the pilot programme, it would be scaled up across the country.

The Kisan project will be implemented by Mahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre, under the agriculture ministry,  in collaboration with ISRO’s Space Applications Centre in Ahmedabad and National Remote Sensing Centre in Hyderabad, the India Meteorological Department,  state agriculture departments and state remote sensing centres.

“Hailstorms cause large scale damage to standing crops. At present, there is no comprehensive approach to collect hailstorm data.To overcome this, an Android app has been developed with the support of ISRO,” an agriculture ministry official said.

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