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

Crop Intensification: Mapping and monitoring of post-kharif rice fallow lands using Satellite Remote Sensing and GIS technologies for Rabi Crop Area Expansion

Under the National Food Security Mission (NFSM), the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers’ Welfare has initiated the project Crop Intensification: Mapping and Monitoring of Post-Kharif Rice Fallow Lands using Satellite Remote Sensing and GIS Technologies for Rabi Crop Area Expansion” for two years 2016-17 and 2017-18. The project is being implemented by Mahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre (MNCFC) in collaboration with National Remote Sensing Centre, Hyderabad.

This Programme is being carried out in six study states Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal, which are known for the existence of major post kharif rice fallow lands and their potential for growing rabi crops. Satellite derived thematic layers, spectral indices; weather and soil related data are key data sets in this project.

The major objectives of the programme are:

  • Delineation of kharif rice fallow lands using satellite derived kharif rice area and rabi fallow lands for major rice growing states and provide updated information to the decision makers

  • Characterization the kharif rice fallow lands with edaphic, climatic and other features for crop suitability advisory

  • Generation of multi-criteria based information products/advisories on crop-growing suitability in these post kharif rice fallow lands.