Crop Acreage Estimation

Crop Acreage Estimation

Well-planned programmes for crop acreage and production forecasts like Crop Acreage and Production Estimation (CAPE) and Forecasting Agricultural Output using Space, Agro-meteorology and Land-based Observations (FASAL) culminated in the establishment of a dedicated Mahalanobis National Crop Forecasting Centre (MNCFC) by Ministry of Agriculture (GoI), for crop inventorying and drought assessment. Crops covered are rice, wheat, cotton, mustard, sugarcane, etc.

Geo-spatial technologies, in combination with modern tools like crop simulation modelling, have the capability to generate the requisite information for crop monitoring, which form a vital input for the decision makers at different levels. IRS satellite-derived and model-generated vegetation indices, rainfall (amount and number of rainy days) and soil data were integrated and the overall crop prospects information at monthly interval was generated.