RANGE OF ACTIVITIES
Agriculture is weather dependent at the local level. Yet, currently, farmers do not have access to reliable locally relevant meteorological and agricultural information by which to plan and manage their farming operations. It is thus important to provide weather based, crop specific advisories to farmers to help in crop planning.
First automated weather station was installed in Darewadi-Satechiwadi in June 2009
These weather stations cover a total of 209 villages
First SMS based advisory issued in June 2012
During 2017-18, a total of 4,21,987 agro advisories sent to 11,577 unique farmers
As of March 2019, WOTR has a total of 103 AWS stations across 3 states
Advisories developed in collaboration with CRIDA, MPKV and VNMKV.
Feedback collected from farmers in Parbhani indicate that productivity has improved by 12.41 percent in cotton, 20.32 in gram and 21.23 in wheat while they adopt the advisories issued through AGRIMATE systems
WOTR has developed for the IMD an IT-enabled platform, AGRIMET-DSS, to automate the process of generating locale and crop specific weather based advisories which is being piloted in Maharashtra for inclusion into the crop-weather advisory generation system in the country.
How farmers in rural Maharashtra are fighting climate change with a mobile phone.
Balasaheb Mendhe, a farmer from Mahalwadi village of Ahmadnagar district in Maharashtra, is involved in brinjal farming. Based on an SMS advisory, he used an organic fertilizer named jeevamrut, along with silicon and micronutrients. “There is 15% increase in the yield even though it has been an intensely hot summer”, he said during a WOTR feedback session.
Making Smallholder Farming Climate Smart
Climate change is accompanied by increasing weather uncertainty. Farmers, especially smallholder farmers, need advance warning of emergent weather conditions at a local level.