Year: 2022 | Month: March | Volume 15 | Issue 1

Usability Analysis of Weather Forecast and Impact Assessment of Weather Based Agro Advisories on Rice and Groundnut

Himangshu Das Parshuram Sial P.J. Mishra S.R. Dash
DOI:10.30954/0974-1712.01.2022.12

Abstract:

A study was carried out by the Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa (GKMS), Malkangiri, Odisha during 2020-21 to verify the usability of medium range weather forecasts along with impact of weather based agro advisories on rice and groundnut. Results of the study showed high degree of accuracy of forecast (usability) for different weather parameters (except rainfall in monsoon season, minimum temperature in winter season, morning relative humidity in winter season and afternoon relative humidity in pre-monsoon season). On other hand, those farmers followed weather based agro advisories (AAS farmers) recorded 7.94 and 14.22% more yield in rice and groundnut, respectively as compared to non-users of weather based agro advisories (non AAS farmers). AAS farmers also received more economic return from rice and groundnut. Thus, accurate weather forecasts helped the farmers in decision-making on the crop production operations and application of weather based agro advisories were useful for enhancing the production and income from rice and groundnut in studied region.



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Highlights

  • High degree of accuracy (usability) for forecasted weather parameters were observed in most cases.
  • Yield enhancement of 7.94 and 14.22% was recorded in rice and groundnut, respectively by those farmers followed weather based agro advisories with more economic returns.


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