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India to use satellite data to map mustard crops

India: For the first time, cereal crops will be mapped in India through satellite-based GIS. A pilot project will be conducted on mustard crops in the country. According to officials, GIS will also be used to provide information on spatial distribution of mustard crop, production and estimates, weather forecasting, market price fluctuations in major mustard producing states such as Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana.

At present, a satellite-based crop estimation technique is used extensively for sugarcane by Indian Sugar Mills Association. Officials said the Mustard Research and Promotion Consortium (MRPC) has been roped in as the nodal agency to manage and collate all the data generated from satellite sources as well as those from field studies. “This technology will be based on maps, topo sheets to identify the control points and other important agriculture related information of the respective districts,” said MRPC officials.

“Decision support system for various applications in major oil seeds is still a big challenge in India and GIS would enable Indian mustard industry, crop advisory agencies and various government departments to address this challenge,” said Dr Pragya Gupta, senior scientist and assistant director at MRPC.

Source: Business standard