Agri and Space Departments Sign MoU to Develop Krishi-Decision Support System

The Department of Space and the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to develop the Krishi-Decision Support System (Krishi-DSS) using related databases and geospatial technologies to enhance the decision-making capability of agriculture sector stakeholders.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare is developing the Krishi-DSS on the lines of Gati Shakti, using VEDAS and RISAT-1A of the Department of Space. It will enhance the decision-making capability of agriculture sector stakeholders through integration with BHUVAN (Geo-platform) and MOSDAC of systems of ICAR and ISRO.

Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, stated that the MoU would enhance the strength of the agriculture sector. When this knowledge reaches the farmers, It will increase their productivity, quality of production and export opportunities. 

The crop estimation, survey to declare an area dry, allotment to states, and disaster assessment would become easy after technology adoption. The completion of the AgriStack would be a revolutionary change in the agriculture field. The RISAT-1A data will help develop decision support systems for the environment, bioresources, water resources, agriculture and disaster management.

The RISAT-1A is India’s first radar imaging satellite, launched on 14 February 2022. It is an all-weather satellite that can penetrate deep into vegetation. It can take high-resolution geospatial images irrespective of lighting conditions.

The MoU would provide the digital foundation for the self-sustained, inclusive and sustainable growth of Indian agriculture. The initiative would increase the interventions in agriculture through emerging technologies and open up digital opportunities and the power of data in the agriculture sector by creating an innovative ecosystem.

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