SATELLITE IMAGERY TO MONITOR CROP PRODUCTION
Context: The State government is set to monitor crop production and inputs needed to pay crop insurance to farmers using satellite imagery to make the exercise more accurate and scientific.
- As part of a nationwide pilot, the project is being implemented in Ballari and Mandya districts for paddy crop.
- The Centre has identified 98 districts for different crops in different States.
- In Karnataka, the three districts Bellary, Mandya, and Udupi were identified for paddy, and based on experiences in the pilot, the Project will be extended to all crops in all regions and for all seasons
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE PROJECT
- The new system reduces manual interference, thus making projections for crop production more accurate.
- It also ensures better delivery of insurance amount to farmers.
- The use of satellite imageries would drastically cut down on human Interference As satellite provides specific locations where crop cutting has to be taken up.
- Based on certain parameters, including whether the crop is hybrid or local, grown in irrigated area or not and whether it is mono-crop or mixed-crop, officials will arrive at production estimates.