District Agro Meteorological Unit (DAMU) under Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa (GKMS) is the flagship programme of Govt. of India for weather related services to the farmers aiding in decision making on day-to-day agricultural operations. This scheme is extended to block level to address weather needs of farmers at micro-level.
This is a joint effort of India Meteorological Department (IMD) and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) with multi-organisational collaboration to implement various components and issuing crop and location specific weather based agro advisories for the benefit of farming community on every Tuesday and Friday and occurrence of extreme weather.
Agro meteorology is an important multidisciplinary subject. Hence, ICAR maintains Agromet observatories as well as Automated Weather station (AWS) at its Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) to generate agro meteorological information for use in studies on crops, pests and diseases, soil, agro forestry, livestock, horticulture, agriculture physics, soil science, etc. Such data will help ICAR institutes to study crop-weather relationship, relationship between crop weather and pest/ disease and develop region/ location specific agro met predictive models.
Project establishment and Objective:
District Agro Meteorological Unit (DAMU) established in ICAR – Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Hagari (Ballari)during 2019 with primary objective of preparing weather based advisories for management practices in agriculture after due consultation with subject matter specialists of concerned disciplines and disseminate the same to the end users up to village level using all possible modes of communication.
District and taluka level (Ballari, Hoovin Hadagali, H.B.Halli, Harapanahalli, Hospete, Kudligi, Sandur,Siruguppa) weather forecast for next 5- days in respect of rainfall maximum temperature, minimum temperature, wind speed, wind direction, relative humidity, clouds and crop specific agro meteorological advisories are provided to farmers.