The Maharashtra Government installed first-of-its-kind Automated Weather System (AWS) especially for farmers and is aiming to install a total of 2065 units throughout the state. These devices are specially designed to accurately predict rainfall patterns and level of humidity in the area it is being installed.

On Saturday, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis inaugurated the state’s first AWS at Dongargaon in Nagpur. Maharashtra is the first state in India to set up the automatic weather systems which are dedicated to farmers and this was initiated in collaboration with Skymet Weather Private Services Limited which is a leading and foremost private weather forecasting agency in India that is reckoned for its accurate and precise weather forecasting.

Apart from displaying weather patterns and humidity, the AWS are also equipped to guide farmers on the best crop available for them to cultivate as per the weather conditions. This information will be available on the Mahavedh portal which is Maharashtra’s agricultural weather information portal and also on the mobile application which is called Skymet.

Also, digital kiosks will be provided to each Gram Panchayat which will provide information and expert advice on the crop pattern. Initially, information will also be shared in form of SMS and weather updates every half hour to more than 50 lakh farmers. And each unit will be able to assess the weather conditions within an area of 12 km. The data will be useful to understand and decide which crops to grow for better cultivation and agricultural outcome. Of the 2065 units, 1000 units are expected to be installed by the end of June this year.

Farmers have been struggling and have suffered because of lack of information related to weather but with these new systems, farmers will know what crops to sow and when to sow. This is one solution at the grass-root level and we hope that nurturing and curing at the root level will yield lusher and greener crops in upcoming years, literally.