Important Points to Know about Kisan Project

    Important Points to Know about KISAN Project:

    Dear Readers, Important points to know about KISAN Project which was announced recently was given here, which will be more helpful for the candidates those who are preparing for the upcoming exams.

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    1).Minister of State for Agriculture& Farmers’ Welfare, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan launched theKISAN (C(K)ropInsurance usingSpace technologyAnd geoiNformatics) Project on 5th October 2015 to benefit farmers

    2).This project willusesatellite,drone-based imaging and othergeospatial technology to get accurate data on crop yieldsand to access damage from natural calamities
    3).Objective of KISAN – To fasten payment of crop insurance claims to farmers on the basis ofCrop Cutting Experiments (CCE)
    4). A pilot study will be carried out in rice and cotton fields in the following 4 districts during the ongoingKharifseason
    ·        Shimoga – Karnataka
    ·        Yavatmal – Maharashtra 
    ·        Kurukshetra – Haryana
    ·        Seoni – Madhya Pradesh  

    5).The study will also be carried out during the 2015-16Rabiseason in 8 districts in same states to assess the crop yields of rice, wheat and sorghum
    6). KISAN will useSpace Technology and geo-informatics i.e., GIS, GPS and Smartphone technology along withhigh resolutiondatafrom UAV/Drone based imaging for improvement in yield estimation and better planning of CCEs
    7).This data will enable crop insurance companies to give proper compensation to affected farmers. The experiment will help develop index-based data for insurance companies

    8).The KISAN project will be implemented byMahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre (MNCFC), an attached Office of Departmentof Agriculture, Cooperation& Farmers Welfare, in collaboration with the following organisations
    ·        Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Centres
    a.   Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad
    b.   National Remote Sensing Centre, Hyderabad
    ·        India Meteorological Department (IMD)
    ·        Climate Change, Agriculture& Food Security (CCAFS)
    ·        State Agriculture Departments
    ·        State Remote Sensing Centres

    9).Dr. Balyan also launchedHailstorm App, an Android App Designed by ISRO’sNational Remote Sensing Centre, Hyderabad to access large scale damage to crops due to hailstorms
    10).Features of Hailstorm App are as follows

    ·        This App will help real time data collection about hailstorm occurrences along with photographs and geographical coordinates i.e., longitude and latitude
    ·        Farmers by using this application on their smart phones can immediately send photos of their crop damage due to hailstorm to officials concerned for immediate relief
    ·        Photographs and locations of damaged crops can be uploaded on real-time to ISRO’sBhuvan server.

    This will support in deciding the crop loss more objectively and in a very fast manner

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