CLIMATE RESILIENT
AGRICULTURE
SUB THEME: AGROMET ADVISORIES

RANGE OF ACTIVITIES

Automated Weather Stations (AWSs) at the village level

Generating database of geo-referenced farmers

Locale-specific short range weather forecasts with help from IMD

Generation of weather-based Crop and Farmer specific Advisories

Multi-channel dissemination of advisories supported by on-site capacity building, knowledge and technology transfer

Automated content management system to automate the process of issuing advisories

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.

HIGHLIGHTS

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.

PUBLICATIONS IN FOCUS

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Featured Publication

Information brief on agro met advisories.

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Featured Video

Check out our video on Agro-advisories.

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OTHER PUBLICATIONS

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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.

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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.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

To know more, about our agromet advisories, contact ajay.shelke@wotr.org.in