Agromet Field Unit upgraded
and installed in IIT Roorkee

Under Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa Project

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Thesynergyonline Agriculture Bureau

ROORKEE, MAY 02 : An Agro-Met Field Unit (AMFU) has been installed at Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee under Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa Project which is part of 130 such units in the country. The Agromet Advisory Services (AAS) has been initiated by Indian Meteorological Department, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India, New Delhi.

Agro-Met Field Unit upgraded and installed at IIT Roorkee Agromet Field Unit upgraded and installed in IIT Roorkee
Agromet Field Unit upgraded and installed at IIT Roorkee

The mission

The mission of the AAS is to provide tailor-made management
information to the farmers in real-time format.

This is part of the flagship scheme of Niti Ayog which is named as "Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa (GKMS) A new website (www.gkms.iitr.ac.in) has been developed which is launched on May 01, 2019.

This new website will also provide online real-time weather information to the stakeholders including farmers. The developed website will include links from relevant AMFUs and institutions as well as IMD Pune to provide more comprehensive information about the weather conditions in and around Roorkee.

IIT Roorkee AMFU is providing information to the farmers of three districts which are Dehradun, Haridwar and Pauri Garhwal.

The IMD, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India has identified two IIT's namely IIT Roorkee and IIT Kharagpur for this purpose. These AMFUs provide district level Agromet Advisory Bulletins (AABs) for all the 640 districts of the country.

Out of these 130 AMFUs, 50 AFMUs are further assigned to provide block level information.

IIT Roorkee is one of these 50 block level units. The Experimental Agrometeorological Advisory Services (EAAS) was initiated at IIT Roorkee on 31st May, 2005.
Expressing his happiness on this weather advisory project, Prof Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee said "Agromet Advisory Services is a very useful program of IMD and we are delighted that IIT Roorkee is a part of it. It gives us an opportunity to serve the farmers in our region and also allows us to use the data obtained for research."

The activities of this center are daily surface Agrometeorological Data Observation in which they observethe daily rainfall, evaporation, sunshine hours, relative humidity, wind velocity and direction, air and soil temperature, dry and wet bulb temperature, dew quantity, and grass minimum temperature etc. and transmits this data to IMD, Pune online.

The medium range weather forecast for 5 days is received by AMFU Roorkee from Met Centre, Dehradun on every Tuesday and Friday. Agro Advisory Services are provided to the farmers on the basis of this forecast on every Tuesday and Friday.

Recently, the Agromet observatory has been upgraded with the installation of advance equipment at IIT Roorkee. The data received from AWS are being sent at 15 minute interval to IMD Pune through GPRS which is based on Global System for Mobile (GSM) service.