In Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa (GKMS) scheme, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) established District Agro-Met Unit (DAMU) in 530 districts, in addition to already operating 130 AMFUs. DAMUs use to receive weather forecast from IMD to prepare and disseminate sub-district level agromet advisory bulletins. The ICAR through KVKs is working on improvement in weather based advisory and strengthening outreach of advisory bulletin to the farming community. Agrometeorology is an important multidisciplinary subject. Hence, ICAR maintains Agromet observatories as well as Automated Weather Stations (AWS) and record Agromet observations at its Institutions, National Research Centres, Project Directorates, Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK) etc. to generate agrometeorological information for use in studies of crops, pests and diseases, soil, agro-forestry, livestock, horticulture, agricultural physics, soil science etc. Such data help ICAR Institutes to study crop-weather relationship, relationship between crop-weather and pest/disease and develop region/location specific agromet predictive models. The main activity of a DAMU is aimed at lending support to the farm planers and farmers by disseminating advance information related to weather condition through block level agromet advisory bulletin for day to day agricultural operations, minimize crop loss and proper utilization of land and natural resources.
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