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Remote sensing technology to help frame policy on fodder in India

India: Gujarat-based National Dairy Development Board along with ISRO has successfully conducted a pilot study on fodder growing areas and wastelands in Banaskantha. ISRO's remote sensing technology was used for this purpose. The study will help to estimate the availability of fodder, and aid in making better plans in case of shortage. Banaskantha was chosen for pilot study because its villagers depend on livestock and dairy for their living. The study found that 35 per cent of the village has 5% wasteland that can be used to grow fodder. “The idea behind the project is that the data generated could help use available fodder optimally. The pilot study was successful and it will now be scaled at state and then national level,” said NDDB chairman T Nanda Kumar.

Source: Indian express