Weather Advisories And Farmers’ Income

Recently, the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) conducted a survey on the effectiveness of weather advisory services on farmers’ income in India. The NCAER survey revealed that timely delivery of weather advisories to farmers had a significant impact on their income.

The survey was done to gauge the economic impact of India’s investments on the National Monsoon Mission (NMM) and High Performance Computing Facilities (HPC).

IMD began regular weather services for farmers in 1945 in the form of a “Farmers’ Weather Bulletin” and broadcasts through All India Radio in regional languages. In 1971, on the recommendation of the National Commission on Agriculture (NCA), it launched Agrometeorological Advisory Services (AAS), a comprehensive tool tailored to farmers’ need.

Today, IMD is implementing operational agrometeorological schemes across the country under a five-tier structure:

  • Top-level policy planning body in Delhi
  • Execution by the National Agromet Service headquarters in Pune
  • Coordination and monitoring by State Agromet Centres
  • Definition of the agro-meteorological zone
  • District or local level extension and training for input management advisory service

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