NewDelhi: A survey carried out recently through satellites has put water on the hopes of millions of farmers of the country who were expecting a bumper Kharif crop this year in the aftermath of a favorable monsoon.

National Remote Sensing (NRS) has alerted the Centre that chances of a bumper kharif crop is almost bleak in states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan as monsoon may fall short of expectations.

What is most shocking is that the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) applies old fashioned methods to assess the weather condition in the country which has forecast kharif cultivation in only 340 lakh hectare area out of 1080 lakh area of cultivated land. Taking the enormity of the situation into account, it has become necessary for the government to take urgent measures to grapple with drought like situation in the country.

However, exact scenario would be clear by the next month only. The first report of the remote sensing satellite till July 14 has been made available to the government authorities which has sounded danger bells for the government.

Contrary to Agriculture Ministry reports, indications received through remote sensing methodology indicate that monsoon may be little bit favorable this year and farmers would not be able to reap its benefits fully which is really a matter of concern. As per reports, humidity level has fallen down below average in states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Haryana. It also includes those states where chances of kharif crop is  almost bleak this year.

Moreover, condition in 103 districts of the state is alarming which has stalled starting a National level crop assessment centre and it has been left with only option to carry out its task through old fashioned Remote Sensing techonology. Remarkably this centre has been named after renowned economist PC Mahalanobis who is also known as the father of five year plans in the country.

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