Amul signs MoU with ISRO to use remote sensing for better agriculture methods
Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) recently signed an agreement with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for fodder acreage assessment using satellite observation and space technology.
GCMMF markets its products under the brand name of Amul.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU):
- ISRO will help in identification between food crops and fodder crops at village level
- The space agency will also locate suitable areas of current fallows and cultivable wastelands at village level for green fodder cultivation.
- Amul and Space Applications Centre (SAC), ISRO, had earlier carried out a joint pilot that revealed that using remote sensing to assess green fodder availability for dairy livestock at district and village level through remote sensing is feasible.
- Fodder acreage estimation would act as a decision making tool for monitoring and planning of fodder development activities by the stakeholders in the dairy sector.
- Currently, Amul procures around 150 lakh litres of milk daily from around 35 lakh milk producer members from over 18,500 villages.
- The milk producer farmers of Gujarat will get benefit of fodder cultivation by using this technology.
- The development and growth of dairy animals are highly associated with the scope of availability of fodder from cultivable land, forest, pastures and grazing lands, which are crucial input for enhancing milk production and for survival of the bovine population.
SAC Space Applications Centre (SAC):
Space Applications Centre (SAC) is one of the major centres of ISRO. It was established in the year 1972. It primarily focuses on the design of space-borne instruments for ISRO missions. It also develops applications of space technology covering the fields of communication, broadcasting, navigation, disaster monitoring, meteorology, oceanography, environment monitoring and natural resources survey for societal benefits. It is headquartered in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
The GCMMF is one of the largest milk cooperatives in the world and the largest food products marketing organisation of India that exclusively markets products under the brand name of Amul and Sagar. It was formed by late Dr. Verghese Kurien in 1973, which today is jointly owned by 3.6 million milk producers in Gujarat. Kurien chaired GCMMF for more than 30 years (1973–2006). More than 70% of the members of the milk cooperative are small or marginal farmers and landless labourers including a sizeable population of tribal folk and people belonging to the scheduled castes.