Indian state to use RS to boost agriculture productivity

Indian state to use RS to boost agriculture productivity

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India, November 7, 2014: The Andhra Pradesh government is planning to implement an integrated information service system that would harness the potential of remote sensing technologies to improve agriculture productivity.

Project Harita, which stands for Harmonised Information of Agriculture, Revenue and Irrigation for a Transformation Agenda, seeks to enable better planning of agriculture extension and irrigation and deployment of new technologies for agriculture, effective water management and also facilitate work audit.

During a meeting at Secretariat, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said the programme would be implemented involving agriculture, revenue, irrigation departments and AP State Remote Sensing Applications Centre (APSRSAC) as a pilot project in three districts of the state with an outlay of Rs. 30 crore.

Under the pilot the authorities would collect ground data and upload it online for real-time tracking. Following this, GIS-based maps will be developed by APSRSC for 12 major projects. This would also include GIS mapping of canal networks. The map layers would include information pertaining to area localised under each project, area irrigated under each source, season-wise, cropped area, production and productivity maps, disaster mapping, ground water levels and ground water quality.

Andhra Pradesh also aims to extend the project to other institutions and departments including banks (for crop loans), insurance companies (crop insurance), marketing, taxation, planning (economics and statistics), animal husbandry, fisheries, rural water supply, rural development (watersheds) and registration and stamps.

Source: The Hindu BusinessLine