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Bhubaneswar, India, 26 November 2006 – Crop diversification through watershed management using modern tools like remote sensing and Geographical Information System (GIS) is the need of the hour to achieve sustainable rural livelihood, Indian agro-scientists concluded at a week-long national-level training course on ‘Technological advances for watershed management to achieve sustainable rural livelihood’ at Water Technology Centre for Eastern Region (WTCER) held in Bhubaneswar.

Planners and scientists from Chhattisgarh, Uttaranchal, Bihar, UP, Orissa and Jharkhand were unanimous that introduction of new-age technology can usher in revolutionary changes in watershed management. Since small land-holdings pose a big problem to productivity, site-specific diversification can achieve sustainable rural livelihood, they said.

With the introduction of modern tools like remote sensing, both from aerial and space platforms, a better means of data acquisition system of several existing natural resources and hydrologic parameters are now available, senior scientist of WTCER Dr Gourang Kar said.