Devendra Fadnavis inaugurates Maharashtra's first automatic weather station in Nagpur's Dongargaon

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday inaugurated the state's first automatic weather station at Dongargaon in Nagpur.

PTI April 30, 2017 17:16:33 IST
Devendra Fadnavis inaugurates Maharashtra's first automatic weather station in Nagpur's Dongargaon

Nagpur: Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday inaugurated the state's first automatic weather station at Dongargaon in Nagpur.

Devendra Fadnavis inaugurates Maharashtras first automatic weather station in Nagpurs Dongargaon

Devendra Fadnavis. PTI

"Around 2,065 such weather stations will come across Maharashtra on public-private partnership (PPP) model in this year and 1,000 of these will be set up by June 2017," said Fadnavis while addressing a farmers' gathering after the inauguration.

Agriculture minister Pandurang Fundkar, guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, top bureaucrats and officials of weather forecast firm Skymet Weather Private Ltd, which will be setting up such stations, were present on the occasion.

"This is one of the unique project in the country, which will measure wind direction, wind speed, air temperature, relative humidity and record the amount of rainfall.

"This information will be shared with farmers who can then manage sowing in a much better and planned way as per the weather conditions," said Fadnavis.

The weather conditions for farmers in different regions will be available on the Mahavedh portal (Maharashtra agriculture weather information network) and a mobile application of Skymet.

"The IMD forecast is limited to four zones. However, this new system of automatic weather station (AWS) will provide forecast up to taluka level," said the chief minister.

"Around 12×12 kilometres area of the taluka will have one AWS," he said.

Fadnavis said digital kiosks will be set-up in every Gram Panchayat to provide weather information and expert advice on crop pattern to be followed by the farmers.

In the first phase, information will be shared using SMS and in the second phase, all the Gram Panchayats will get half-hourly weather condition information.

The chief minister also highlighted the importance of power and water and how Jalyukta Shivar (water conservation programme of the Maharashtra government) is helping villages increase their irrigation potential.

Fadnavis said due to increased irrigation, for the first time the agriculture growth rate has turned positive in last 7 to 8 years.

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