Experts to strengthen Met services across state
SRINAGAR: Sheri Kashmir Agricultural University of Sciences and Technology along with Indian Metrological Department scientists in future will reach out to farmers through voice enabled agro- advisory, besides strengthening their weather-based forecasting systems to improve accuracy.
This was stated by experts at the State Level Meeting of Stake Holders on Agro-met Advisory Services held to mark the World Metrological day at SKUAST Shalimar.
While Scientists from both fields called for increased agro-met advisories reach and frequency saying that the focused should be on reaching to the block level
Top scientist with IMD Anand Sharma said that this vital information must reach the end user that is farmer at the block level.
“We want to add more farmers to agro-met service network,” he said adding the by 2019 we expect to reach to farmers at block level.
He said that focus presently on increased number of district agro-met field units (DAMU) and thereafter we will move further to the block level that will give famers more localized weather updates .
We along with agricultural experts will are a proposing delivery of voice enabled SMS agri-advisory on their mobile phones to our farmers in their local language. This imitative will help farmers listen to these advisories can adopt accordingly.
Speaking on the occasion Financial Commissioner Agriculture Production Department, Promod Kumar Jain said that the government too is keen to reach out to the farmers with requisite weather information saying that he has already discussed this with IMD officials here.
We will provide the database of people associated with agriculture so that they can linked to these service though their mobile phones.
Earlier taking on the occasion Vice Chancellor SKUAST Prof Nazir Ahamad, said that these vital agri-advisory messages need to reach the farmers by adoption of different means of means communication.
He, however, lamented the fact that there is visible decline in agriculture production in the state calling for adoption of Integrated Farming Model that is being pursued by university to help farmers increase their income.
Dr Riahana H Kant, Nodal Offcier with AgroMet Field Unit SKUAST, said that they are trying to disseminate more accurate and improved agri- related information to the farmers across the valley and will add farmers to the Kissan Portal as mobile messaging has emerged as a most effective tool having pervasive outreach.
She hailed the efforts of her predecessors who over the years have managed to reach out to the farmers with this critical weather information.
A separate session on improving dissemination among different stakeholders was also held on the occasion.
Director Met Centre Srinagar, Sonam Lotus also held a separate session with school children about the role being abreast weather plays in life of common man and farmers. Several publication by AMFU were also released on the occasion.