Please read our response to 'an article on Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan (JSA)' is published in the 'Economic and Political Weekly/ issue (Vol. 54, Issue No. 29, 20 Jul, 2019) at the following link. In 2015, the Government of Maharashtra launched the JSA, with the aim of making 25,000 villages in Maharashtra drought-free.
We are delighted to inform you that WOTR was recently felicitated by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on the occasion of IMD’s 144th foundation day celebrations on January 15, 2019. Our Managing Trustee and co-founder Crispino Lobo received the felicitation on behalf of WOTR.
The felicitation was for WOTR’s contribution in the development of an IT-enabled Agrimet Decision Support System (Agrimet-DSS) which enables IMD to automate the process of generating block level weather-based crop advisories. The Chief Guest at the ceremony was the Honorable Union Minister for Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Government of India Dr. Harsh Vardhan, while the guest of honour was Distinguished Vikram Sarabhai Professor, Former Secretary DoS and former Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation Dr. A.S. Kiran Kumar. The ceremony was presided over by Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences Government of India Dr. Madhavan Nair Rajeevan. WOTR has now been working on a farm-level weather-based advisory provisioning system.