APC Y Kikheto Sema, Dr KN Mohan and others during the commissioning program on February 7.
2 new Automatic Weather Stations put into service
Kohima, February 7 (MExN): The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has commissioned two new Agromet Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) in Nagaland which will strengthen the state’s infrastructure for weather forecasting for agriculture, disaster management and aviation, among others.
Commissioning programs for the new facilities of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Lumami and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Yisemyong were held on Monday with State Agricultural Production Commissioner Y Kikheto Sema as a special guest. Deputy Director General, IMD-NE, Dr. KN Mohan, Vice Chancellor of Nagaland University, Prof. Pardeshi Lal, and heads of agricultural and related departments also attended the programs.
Delivering the keynote address, Dr. KN Mohan said that IMD is looking forward to installing Agro Met AWS in all district headquarters, and congratulated the state nodal officer and the government of the State for providing all possible assistance to IMD. He also gave a short technical report on the various sensors the AWS is equipped with and its functions. This was followed by Sunit Das, Scientist-E, IMD demonstrations.
According to updates from the Department of Soil and Water Conservation, APC Y Kikheto Sema noted that due to climate change, forecasting seasonal weather has become difficult without the aid of observing equipment. modern like AWS. In the past year, the state faced a drought situation where the state received no rain during the monsoon season. However, the state government could not send notices to the farmers because there were no such facilities, he said.
Sharing the scenario of agriculture in the state, APC said that in Nagaland, 70% of the population living in rural areas depends on agriculture and related activities. Of this total, 73% are engaged in traditional jhum/shifiting cultivation, which he says “is not considered economically viable and environmentally sustainable” and 27% are engaged in sedentary agriculture. Indeed, farmers still practice old and traditional methods, but the weather is changing very quickly, he said.
Considering the challenges, he said the state government has appointed K Khekiho Shohe as the nodal state officer to coordinate with IMD, KVK, ICAR and the state government. ‘state for all matters related to meteorology. He said that after Shohe took office, the State is already seeing tangible developments and commended the officer for assuming his responsibilities with sincerity and proactively coordinating with all stakeholders the improvement of meteorological services.
The APC further assured that the state government is willing to provide all possible assistance in setting up the necessary infrastructure to build a strong network of weather forecasting for agriculture, management of disasters, aviation, etc.
Conveying its gratitude to the Vice Chancellor of the NU for hosting the IMD team, the APC also thanked the IMD for working closely with the State Government for the improvement of meteorological services in the state, and Dr. Mohan for causing many visible developments during his tenure and personally traveling to the state to provide updates on the situation on the ground.
NU Vice-Chancellor Professor Pardeshi Lal meanwhile expressed hope that AWS would help predict the weather well in advance and help prepare for and adapt to any eventuality. Thanking IMD for installing AWS on the NU campus, he was optimistic that the installation would prove beneficial to both the agricultural and scientific community.