- The Central Government launched its flagship Kisan that will use space technology and drone-based imaging for estimating crop yield in better way.
- It also launched an Android App, designed by the country’s space agency ISRO, to assess real time data on hailstorm occurrences to figure out crop loss in affected areas.
- These technical support systems will help the government in effectively running the crop insurance schemes and disbursing compensation to farmers.
- The KISAN will use geo-informatics system along with high resolution data from UAV/drone-based imaging for improvement in yield estimation and better planning of ‘crop cutting experiments’ which are needed for crop insurance programme.
- Launching the project, minister of state for agriculture and farmers’ welfare Sanjeev Balyan said the project will be extended to other parts of the country after success of the pilot study.
- The KISAN project will be implemented by Mahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre (MNCFC) in collaboration with ISRO Centres (Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad & National Remote Sensing Centre, Hyderabad), India Meteorological Department, CCAFS, state agriculture departments and state remote sensing centres.