The Centre is weighing combining traditional and modern technologies like yield estimate and satellite imagery to ensure accurate farm output forecast, Chief Statistician T C A Anantsaid today.
"The Centre is working on a combination of traditional and modern technology like satellite imagery for crop acreage and yield estimation to build up a much more sophisticated analysis and ensure accurate agriculture forecasts," Anant said here while addressing an event of Geospatial Technologies in India.
"If we can combine traditional technology of acreage, yield estimation with satellite imagery, which is possible through a small hand-held device... it will be possible for you to not only get the estimates... but also the geospatial coordinates... This is one work which is now in progress," an Assocham statement quoted him as saying.
He further said, "The technology is there, apps have been developed, it is a question of working with all state officials and there is huge administrative machinery out in districts to adopt it, that is one work which is going on."
He was optimistic that as it gets more deeply embedded, it will help in further improving the quality of forecast in agriculture.
The National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) is also working on using geospatial technology while undertaking sample surveys.