To fasten payment of crop insurance claims to farmers, the Central government has launched a pilot programme Kisan, which will use satellite and drone-based imaging and other geo-spatial technology to get timely and accurate data on crop yields.
Also to access large-scale damage to standing crops, an Android-based app for collection of data of hailstorm has been launched.The app will be used by State agriculture officials and the data will help the Union Agriculture Ministry in having very fast assessment of damage to crops because of hailstorm.
Initially, the pilot study will be carried out in rice and cotton fields in four districts during the ongoing kharif season in Karnataka (Shimoga), Maharastra (Yavatmal), Haryana (Kurkshetra) and Madhya Pradesh (Seoni). It will also be carried out during the 2015-16 rabi season in eight districts in same States to assess the crop yields of rice, wheat and shorghum.
The programme will be jointly conducted by Mahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre, Indian Space Research Organisation, India Meteorological Department, State Agriculture Departments and Remote Sensing Centres, Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).