Itanagar: Union Minister of Earth Sciences Kiren Rijiju on Friday announced that instruments for extensive weather reading and 3 large Doppler Radar Stations will be installed in Arunachal Pradesh soon.
Chairing a one-day farmers’ awareness programme here at Dorjee Khandu Convention Centre, Rijiju said that the installation of the instruments would result in accurate weather forecasts in the state which would directly benefit the farmers to plan their agricultural activities accordingly for maximizing productivity and minimizing losses. He urged the farmers to increase agricultural productivity by using scientific applications.
The Union Minister further said that since the climate is a very important factor in everyone’s life and the fast-changing climate due to global warming is going to have an impact on everybody’s life, all need to change lifestyles and respond to it scientifically. He appealed to the farmers to take full advantage of the programme.
While appreciating Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said that it was because of the initiatives of the Modi government through various schemes and programmes that the country and the state in particular had seen improvement in road connectivity, electricity in every village, etc. He said that the Modi government is striving towards improving the living standard of every person in the country.
Earlier, State’s Agriculture and Horticulture Minister Tage Taki informed that the reason for less productivity in the state can be attributed to no tools for assessment of climatic variation.
“Lack of weather-related data like rain density, wind velocity, etc results in the failure of designing the effective and efficient agricultural structure,” he said.
He requested the team of the Earth Sciences Ministry from Delhi to consider the agro-climatic zones, climatic variations and the shortcoming inaccurate weather forecasts in the state and train the farmers accordingly so that they gain maximum benefit from the training.
The programme on “Self Reliant Farmers: Empowering Farmers through Agro meteorological Advisory Services in Changing Climate” was jointly organized by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the Association of Agrometeorologists, State Agriculture Department, and Centre for Earth Sciences & Himalayan Studies, Department of Science & Technology and KVK Papum Pare.
Among others, Advisor to Minister (Agriculture and Horticulture) Tana Hali Tara (MLA), Commissioner (Agriculture) Bidol Tayeng, IMD Director General Dr M Mohapatra, President, Association of Agrometeorologists Dr KK Singh, and State’s Secretary (Agriculture) Koj Rinyo, Secretary (Science & Technology) Repo Ronya, and a huge gathering of farmers of Pakke Kessang and Papum Pare districts.