Home Agriculture India to use sat-based acreage data for policy steps

India to use sat-based acreage data for policy steps

Nashik, India: With an aim to control price rise, the Government of India (GoI) decided to estimate onion acreage using satellite imagery. Government officials claimed that it will help the government take measured decisions on onion-based issues, an Indian daily reported.
According to the report, the GoI will get the estimated onion acreage immediately after the plantation in each season that will help it to get an idea of the estimated production too. It will also help in controlling the fluctuating prices and also the government may be in a better position to decided on minimum export price for onions.
It may be recalled that onion production in 2010 kharif season was badly affected because of bad weather and unseasonal rains that led to sharp rise in the prices in December. Taking lessons from 2010 experience and to avoid its repetition during the current kharif season, the central government had imposed a ban on export of onions on September 9, 2011.
But the farmers had stored the summer crop and had also started getting a good price-an average of around INR 1,100 per quintal. The sudden decision by the government to ban exports narked the farmers and they had even carried out intense agitation in protest against the government’s decision. Finally, the government lifted the ban on export on September 20, 2011.
Source: Times of India