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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

National and International Training Programmes

  • Two week training programme on Basics of Remote Sensing & GIS and Applications in Agriculture was organised by Mahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre, Department of Agriculture & Cooperation, New Delhi for 8 officials of the Republic of Fiji, during 16 - 27 June 2014. The first week of the training programme had lectures, hands-on and field visits. In the second week the participants carried out assignments using remote sensing data. The faculties of the training programme were the experts from ISRO, IMD, IARI, IGNOU, State Govt., DACFW and MNCFC.

  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) sponsored one week study tour cum training programme on Use of Remote Sensing Technology for Producing Better Quality Crop Statistics was organized at Mahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare (DACFW), Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi for 8 officials of Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), Afghanistan, Afghanistan during 26th to 31st October, 2015.

  • Around 150 officials of the state horticulture departments were trained by conducting training at 10 locations (state capitals), jointly with ISRO and state RS Centres.

  • A team of three young IAS officers of 2013 batch from DACFW visited MNCFC for an exposure visit. They were briefed about the activities and programme at the Centre.

  • A two-day training on Use of GPS for Ground truth Collection was conducted at Cochin, Kerala for the officials of Directorate of Economics & Statistics, Kerala.

  • MNCFC implements its projects with the active support from Agriculture Departments of various states, who provide the very vital field information (Ground Truth). With a goal towards capacity building of Agriculture Department officials in the field of Remote Sensing and GIS, a series of one-week training programmes were conducted by MNCFC on Basics of Remote Sensing & GIS and their Applications in Agriculture. In each training programme, officials for 3-4 State Agriculture Departments and 2-3 officials from India Meteorological Department participate. The Faculties are invited from various ISRO centres, other National Institutes and MNCFC.

  • MNCFC also conducts field trainings in the respective states, which provides basic exposure to remote sensing based crop assessment and field training for ground truth collection. This is generally attended by large number of officials.