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ACIAR Feasibility of farmers managing climate related crop production risk in India

DeVoil, Peter. ACIAR Feasibility of farmers managing climate related crop production risk in India. Lead Agency: CSIRO.

Project Start: 2 February 2008

Project End:30 September 2010


Validation of new Indian seasonal climate forecasting products.

In the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh (AP) kharif crops are heavily dependent on summer monsoon rains, where the timing and intensity of the rains affects crop yield. The majority of farms in AP are small and marginal, making them very vulnerable to yield reductions. Farmers also lack access to relevant information that might enable them to respond to seasonal conditions. Enabling farmers to utilise seasonal climate forecasting would allow them to respond to seasonal variability. To do this, farmers need a forecasting system that indicates a specific management strategy for the upcoming season, and effective and timely communication of the forecast information. Current agro-meteorological advisories in AP are issued on a bi-weekly basis, and they are relevant to an agro-climatic zone scale which may not be sufficiently relevant at a village level. Also, the information in the advisories may not be necessarily packaged in way relevant to cropping decisions by farmers. The objectives of this project are to evaluate the skill of seasonal climate forecasts to be issued for the 2008 monsoon season, to assess crop management options in response to seasonal scenarios that capture the range of seasonal climatic variability, to develop and evaluate options for effective communication and adoption of climate forecasts and agricultural advisories, and to synthesise and report on options for future research investments into seasonal climate forecasting.

Item Type:Research in Progress
Research Location:Toowoomba, Queensland.
DAF Project ID:3865
Subjects:Technology > Technology (General)
Agriculture > Agriculture (General)
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural meteorology. Crops and climate
Contact Email:rip@deedi.qld.gov.au
Deposited On:08 Nov 2011 02:28
Last Modified:08 Nov 2011 02:28

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