Dr. C. S. Murthy


30+ years of experience in Remote Sensing and GIS applications in Agriculture. Successfully executed wide range of projects, research studies and capacity building activities on geospatial technologies in agriculture sector. Currently, as the Director of the Mahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre (MNCFC), Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, leading a team of scientists and researchers towards providing technological support to operational National level Agricultural Programmes on Crop Forecasting (FASAL), Drought Assessment and monitoring (NADAMS),Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) etc.


Masters and Ph.D in Agriculture

Work Experience

Director at MNCFC, New Delhi 1st September 2022 - Present

Formerly Group Director, Agricultural Sciences and Applications Group, National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), ISRO, Hyderabad 500 037

Key Skills

  • Crop mapping and assessment with multi-sensor and multi-resolution data
  • Vegetation indices and geophysical products for crop stress detection
  • Development of crop yield proxies for yield estimation
  • Agriculture risk assessment
  • Non-parametric techniques of data analysis for crop assessment
  • Downscaling of bio-physical parameters

Current Interests

  • Technolgy interventions for improving the crop insurance mechanism
  • Development of AgriTech projects for end to end solutions in agriculture decision making
  • Development of crop yield proxies for yield estimation
  • Precision farming
  • Bio-energy from crop residues


About 30 research papers in international journals. Contribution to book chapters. Participation and Presentations in international and national conferences.


 ISRO Team Award Winner

Key role in bringing innovations in crop insurance – Remote Sesning based crop insurance model in West Bengal, Smart sampling for yield estimation, risk indexing of districts for insurance rate making etc.

Significant contribution to the development and implementation of MahaAgritech project, Maharashtra

Member of the Expert Committes of NITI Aayog on AgriTech initiatives and Crop Insurance

Core member of the National Drought Manual prepration Committees of 2009 and 2016 of Ministry of Agriculture

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