India: The Public Accounts Committee of the Maharashtra Legislature revealed, in its latest report, the need for State Government agencies, to use satellite imagery in assessing the extent of crop damages in the event of natural disasters.
While the Maharashtra Remote Sensing Applications Centre has been using satellite imagery and data for crop damage assessment for the past several years, most of the state government agencies are still using the an “age old” method called ‘Aanewari’, which calculates the crop yield in terms of Annas (old currency unit).
By using satellite imagery and data, the concerned government agencies would be able to arrive at an estimated cost of crop damages. In addition, decision makers can take the necessary steps to mitigate other adverse effects of natural disasters on their agricultural livelihood in the future.
Source: Future Gov