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Mahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre, New Delhi
An Attached Office under Dept. of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare
Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India

About MNCFC

Mahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre (MNCFC) is an attached office of Department of Agriculture & Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture,Government of India. It was inaugurated on 23rd April, 2012 by Hon'ble Agriculture Minister.

The Centre has been established to provide in-season crop forecasts and assessment of drought situation using state of the art techniques and methodologies developed by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Objectives

  • Multiple forecasts for 11 major crops at National/State/District level.
  • Operationalization of methods developed by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) with respect FASAL and NADAMS project.
  • Inclusion of additional crops in crop forecasts and sub-district level moderate to high resolution drought assessment in the country in collaboration with ISRO.
  • Development and refinement of approach of crop forecasts and drought assessment based on trends in satellite and related technologies.
  • Repository of database related to crop forecasts and drought assessments generated from different sources such as India Meteorological Department, Institute of Economic Growth and State Agricultural Authorities, etc.
  • Assimilation of crop forecast results from other programmes, related to flood, drought etc.
  • Evolution of Centre towards use of Geomatics in other aspects of agriculture, such as Cropping System, Horticulture, Soil and its Health, Rainfed Area Assessment & Management, estimation of Damage due to Natural Calamities.
  • Working towards assessment of crop prospect at Global level.