Geotagging of agriculture land to bring greater transparancy in farming
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 07-Apr-2017

New Delhi, April 7: The MoU was signed between Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) and National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) for geotagging of agriculture land on Thursday. After the MoU was signed Agricultural Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that the government is committed to transparency in governance. 
Minister Radha Mohan Singh further praised Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) and said works for the development of Agriculture & allied sectors by motivating the states. “More than 1.5 lakh assets have been created/ developed under this scheme in agriculture, horticulture, livestock, fisheries and dairy sectors.  It is imperative to formulate a national index of the assets to understand them, systemize them and to reduce the gap between demand and supply,” he added.

Embeded ObjectMinister Singh said that development of space-related technologies to prepare the list of the assets and their utilization is a progressive step.  Being aware of the realistic status of assets will not only be helpful in monitoring and utilizing, but also be extremely useful in formulating development schemes in the agriculture sector. Agriculture Minister added that it will also help in avoiding duplication and pave the way for harmonizing a balance between the various schemes of the ministry.

Radha Mohan Singh further added that there is unlimited scope for agriculture development by utilizing satellite and remote sensing technologies. The government wants farmers to avail the benefits provided by these technologies. Singh said that by utilizing space-related technologies farmers will get timely information about pesticide/residue testing labs, storage infrastructure and agriculture markets.

Agriculture Minister also informed that the space technology needs to be developed in the areas such as land resource mapping, pesticides management, soil health mapping, crop yield estimation as well as the identification and assessment of floods like calamities, inland fisheries, animal species identification and sheep rearing and when the technology is developed, the farmers can enjoy quick and instant benefits.

Singh said very soon farmers would utilize the internet and mobile phones to obtain agriculture related information such as fertility of soil, the quantity of fertilizer to be used, condition for sowing potential pests aggression, estimation of yield, godowns, cold storage, agriculture markets as well as identification and availabilities of animal species.

Agriculture Minister on this occasion also showered both the teams as well as states with praise for applying space and remote sensing technologies to monitor agriculture-related assets under RKVY.