18/07/2014 … Weather information and related agro-advisories are provided to farmers by Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) through Kisan Mobile Advisory messages, Radio & TV programmes and newspapers. KVKs have also prepared contingent plans emphasizing on crop that requires less water, short duration varieties and planning for protective irrigation and enhanced water use efficiency. About 40882 quintals of seeds of various crops have also been made available to KVKs to meet any contingent requirement of farmers.
In the wake of weak monsoon during Kharif-2014, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has been constantly monitoring the weather forecasts and updating weather information to farmers to facilitate sowing of Kharif crops.
In addition, under National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA), ICAR has been providing demonstration on climate resilient practices like water harvesting, direct seeded rice, alternate wetting and drying, green maturing etc. on farmers’ fields to help farmers cope up with seasonal climatic variability in crop production.
This information was given today by Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries in a written reply to Rajya Sabha questions.