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New Delhi : Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh on October 16, 2017, said that in order to provide strategic development to the horticulture sector to increase farmers’ income, a pioneer project called CHAMAN was launched three years back by the Government. This project is being implemented by Mahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre (MNCFC) using remote sensing technology and is likely to be completed in March 2018. Singh was making a presentation on CHAMAN in New DElhi.

Singh informed that CHAMAN is a pioneer project in which remote sensing technique is being used for strategic development of horticulture sector to increase farmers’ income. It gives methodology for preparing reliable estimates of horticulture crops. He said that this methodology will help the farmers to generate better income, according to a PIB release.
Singh said that the income of farmers will increase by growing selected crops in the high suitable areas identified under CHAMAN in the current Jhum /waste lands. Besides this, the Post-Harvest damages of farmers would be significantly reduced by creation of desired Post Harvest Infrastructures like cold storages etc. thereby increasing their income. In addition, the Geo-Spatial Studies like crop intensification, orchard rejuvenation and aqua-horticulture would further help the farmers grow their horticultural crops in a profitable manner doubling their income, he said, according to the PIB release.

Singh said that on completion of this project, the methodology developed for seven important horticulture crops would be made operational in all the States. The remote sensing technology would be extended to other horticulture crops in future.

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