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KISAN Project to help assess crop yields.

The government of India on 5th October kicked off a project, named as KISAN. KISAN that will use space technology and drone-based imaging for estimating crop yields.

An Android app, designed by space agency Isro, too was launched which will assess real-time data on hailstorm occurrences to figure out crop loss in affected areas. Both these technical support systems will help the government in effectively running crop insurance schemes and in disbursing compensation to farmers.

Agriculture ministry said "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. This will help in deciding crop loss more objectively and in a very fast manner."

In this project, a pilot study is proposed to be launched in one district each of Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra during current kharif season and two districts each of these states during the coming rabi season of 2015-16. After success of the pilot study the project will be extended to other parts of the country says minister of state for agriculture and farmers' welfare Sanjeev Balyan on launching the project. The App, launched to assess real-time data on hailstorm occurrences, will use photographs and geographical coordinates (longitude and latitude) to find out the crop loss.

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.