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Risk Management benefits farmers by ensuring steady production
April, 2017 | www.ruralmarketing.in, New Delhi
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Weather Risk Management Services (WRMS), an agri sector company, is benefiting the farmers through its agriculture services and insurance schemes. In an exclusive interview with Mohd Mustaquim, its Managing Director, Sonu Agrawal elaborates the operations of the company with its various verticals.

What are the major areas of operations of WRMS, especially for agriculture sector?
Weather Risk Management Services majorly focuses into two verticals in agriculture sector – Agricultural Services and Agricultural Insurance. The company helps the farmers to access insurance services so that he can cover his unforeseen risk in agriculture. This also helps in improving income stability of the farmers make agriculture more sustainable for them.

How many farmers are getting benefited from your weather risk management services and in what geographical areas?
We are expanding rapidly. We operate in 22 states now. Baring Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala and a few North Eastern states, the company is present in almost every state. Millions of farmers are getting benefited through our services. Fo example, through farm services, over 15,000 farmers got benefited directly. Crop insurance covered over 3 million farmers

Another private firm echoes Skymet view on below-average monsoon
March 29, 2017 | Business Standard, New Delhi
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A day after private weather forecasting agency Skymet predicted a below normal monsoon for 2017, another private company, Weather Risk Management Services (WRMS) said that as per its March-end reading, the south-west monsoon this year is expected to be close to the long period average, though slightly on the negative side.

If inferred correctly this would mean that monsoon in 2017 as per WRMS could be lower than the long period average of 887 millimetres. The agency would come up with further forecast later during the year.
It said that the evolution of ENSO from a cool phase to warm phase (El Nino) is likely to have a moderately negative impact on the south-west monsoon precipitation over different regions of the country.

Monday, Skymet said that monsoon 2017 is likely to 'below normal' across the country at 95 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA).

The state-run India Meteorological Department (IMD) is expected to come out with its first official forecast of 2017 south-west monsoon next month.
Skymet said that the south-west monsoon could make a strong start in June, but could dwindle thereafter as El Nino starts making its impact.

Founded in 2004, Weather Risk Management Services Pvt Ltd provides comprehensive climate change related risk management services, including weather forecasts in 15 countries across the globe.

Climate risk mgmt. co WRMS plans to cover 1 cr. farmers in FY18
March 19, 2017 | IndiaToday.in | Business Standard | DNA India | India.com | OutlookIndia.com | DailyExcelsior.com | Newsr.in, Mumbai
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Climate risk management firm, Weather Risk Management Services (WRMS), plans to bring 1 crore farmers under the Prime Minister Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) over the next one year.

WRMS, which works with all the 12 insurers that are active in the space, has so far enrolled 30 lakh farmers under the scheme. Moreover, the New Delhi-based firm plans to do loss adjustment exercise or claim settlements under the scheme for premia in order of Rs 10,000 crore next year.

"We have already enrolled 30 lakh farmers from under PMFBY so far and we do plan to increase it to 100 lakh next fiscal year," WRMS founder and managing director Sonu Agrawal told PTI here.

"On a similar line, we plan to help insurers settle claims amounting to Rs 10,000 crore in over 150 districts under the scheme over the next one year. So far, we have assisted insurers for assessing losses for a premium base of Rs 6,000 crore in 100 districts so far," he added.

The company has assessed losses for a combined premium to the tune of Rs 6,000 crore under the scheme so far, he said.
As per the scheme, which came into force in the middle of last year, farmers need to pay merely 1.5 per cent of total premium in case of Rabi crops and 2 per cent for Kharif crops, the balance premium amount has to be equally shared by the concerned state and the Centre.
In Budget 2018, the government has more than doubled the allocation to Rs 13,240 crore from Rs 5,500 crore in the outgoing fiscal year. The idea is to increase coverage area to 50 per cent in next couple of years under the scheme.
Talking about the current status of the scheme, Agrawal said premium totalling Rs 22,000 crore has already been underwritten in the current fiscal year, which is likely to go up to Rs 28,000 crore in the next fiscal.

UPL, which was earlier known as United Phosphorus, had acquired 26 per cent stake in WRMS by paying Rs 10 crore last year. PTI KD BEN ARS RMT

El Nino may affect September rainfall, says WRMS
March 17, 2017 | The Hindu, New Delhi
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The El Nino-triggered warming of the East Equatorial Pacific waters could have a negative impact on the latter half (August-September) of this year’s South-West monsoon.

Private forecaster Weather Risk Management Services (WRMS), headed by Sonu Agrawal, came out with this outlook on Friday.
June may witness mostly normal to excess rainfall with deficiency indicated parts of West Madhya Pradesh and adjoining North-West Maharashtra, and parts of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

The rest of the hilly regions in the Himalayas (Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab and foothills of West Uttar Pradesh) as well as the West Coast may witness heavy rains during the first month (June) of the season.
In July, the rainfall could be heavy over East Peninsular India (Telangana and parts of Andhra Pradesh) with Odisha, Chhattisgarh, East Madhya Padesh, Bengal and the North-Eastern States sharing the spoils.
Normal to slightly below-normal precipitation is forecast for the rest of the country in what is supposedly the rainiest month of the monsoon.

August, the second rainiest, could likely witness deficiency in the South-West and foothills of West Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Himachal Pradesh, Bengal, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala and adjoining South Coastal Karnataka.
The impact of the building El Nino could become demonstrably evident in September with major rainfall deficiency cropping up over Central India and adjoining North Peninsular India.
States likely getting affected are Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and South Madhya Pradesh, and parts of Bihar and adjoining East Uttar Pradesh.

Weather Risk to reach out to 30 lakh farmers under PMFBY scheme
March 15, 2017 | The Hindu, Ahmedabad
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Climate risk management firm Weather Risk Management Services Pvt Ltd (WRMS) plans to approach 30 lakh farmers across 150 districts in India to connect them with the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Beema Yojana (the Prime Minister’s Crop Insurance Scheme).

The company, which offers a range of services for farm sector and acts as an advisor, aggregator and facilitator, has served over 10 lakh farmers across 40 districts in the country so far, Sonu Agrawal, Founder and Managing Director, told BusinessLine. “Basically, we persuade the farmers to opt for crop insurance so as to minimize risk in the event of any untoward happenings to their crop,” he said.

Agrawal, an alumnus of IIT-Kanpur and IIM-Calcutta, said his company aims to improve the farmers’ lives by managing and protecting their crop from diseases, guiding them to get the best yields and train them in contributing to commodity market by forecasting weather and crop yield estimates.

Last year, UPL Ltd had acquired 26% stake in WRMS for Rs. 10 crore.

WRMS, founded in 2004, is a climate risk management company that has pioneered the development of weather insurance market in India and has bailed out about five lakh disaster-hit farmers through weather insurance.

व्हीकल टेलीमैटिक्स तकनीक से सड़क हादसों पर लगेगा अंकुश
March 1, 2017 | India.com, New Delhi
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गाड़ी की भिड़ंत या दुर्घटना पर ऑटोमैटिकली इमरजेंसी नंबर डायल होगा और कॉल सेंटर को अपने आप इसकी जानकारी मिल जाएगी।

आपको ये बात जानकर काफी हैरानी होगी कि साल 2030 तक लोगों की मौत का सातवां मुख्य कारण सड़क हादसा होगा। नेशनल क्राइम रिकॉर्ड्स ब्यूरो के मुताबिक, साल 2014 में करीब साढ़े चार लाख सड़क दुर्घटनाएं हुई हैं। इन सड़क हादसों में घायलों की संख्या करीब 1 लाख 41 हजार बताई गई है। जानकारों के मुताबिक ड्राइवर के सो जाने, ओवर स्पीडिंग, लापरवाही से ड्राइविंग और बदहाल सड़के इन हादसों का मुख्य कारण है।

इन बढ़ते सड़क हादसों से बचाने के लिए वैज्ञानिकों ने व्हीकल टेलीमैटिक्स तकनीक इजात की है। इस खास तकनीक से सड़क दुर्घटनाओं में काफी हद तक लगाम लग सकेगी। इस मामले में ओर अधिक जानकारी देते हुए वेदर रिस्क मैनेजमेंट सर्विसिज़ प्राइवेट लिमिटेड के संस्थापक सोनू अग्रवाल ने बताया कि, ‘बढ़ती सड़क दुर्घटनाओं से बचाने के लिए वैज्ञानिकों ने व्हीकल टेलीमैटिक्स तकनीक पर काम किया है जिससे सड़क जितनी होगी सुरक्षित, उतना ही होगा परिवार सुरक्षित’। चलिए आपको बताते हैं क्या होता व्हीकल टेलीमैटिक्स।

व्हीकल टेलीमैटिक्स तकनीक-

  • हन की वास्तविक स्थिति की निगरानी रखी जा सकेगी।
  • जी.पी.एस के माध्यम से वाहन की लोकेशन पता चलेगी।
  • स्पीड कन्ट्रोल के साथ गाड़ी में आ रही गड़बड़ियों पर निगरानी रखी जा सकेगी।

    व्हीकल टेलीमैटिक्स के फायदे

    बढ़ती गाड़ी की रफ्तार पर रोक – अमूमन सड़क हादसों का मुख्य कारण ओवर स्पीडिंग होता है। इस खास तकनीक के चलते वाहन मालिक ड्राइवर पर चौबीस घंटे नजर रख पाएंगे तो वहीं ड्राइवर पर भी मालिक की निगरानी का डर बना रहेगा।
    व्यक्तिगत फायदा – इस तकनीक के मुख्य फायदों में से एक फायदा ये भी है कि आपकी गाड़ी चोरी नहीं होगी, अगर होगी भी तो आपकी गाड़ी को ढूंढने में परेशानी नहीं होगी। वहीं दूसरी ओर किसी प्रकार की अप्रिय दुर्घटना होने पर आप इसमें लगी इमरजेंसी बटन का उपयोग कर सकते हैं जिससे आपको समय पर मदद मिल सकेगी।
    ऑटोमैटिकली कॉलिंग – गाड़ी की भिड़ंत या दुर्घटना पर ऑटोमैटिकली इमरजेंसी नंबर डायल होगा और कॉल सेंटर को अपने आप इसकी जानकारी मिल जाएगी।
    इमरजेंसी होने पर – गाड़ी का टायर फटने या तेल खत्म होने या अन्य किसी तरह की समस्याओं निपटने के लिए एक सहायता बटन इसमें उपलब्ध होता है यदी गाड़ी अपनी लोकेशन खो देती है तो जीपीएस के चलते गाड़ी को आसानी से ट्रेस किया जा सकेगा ।

  • India’s killer roads and how vehicle telematics can help tackle the menace!
    December 27, 2016 | My Mobile, New Delhi
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    Road accidents remain a menace in India and the alarming statistics clearly show that lessons have not been learnt yet. There is hardly any awareness of what exactly is at stake. Year 2015 witnessed 5,01,423 road accidents in India: one death every four minutes, sacrifice of 16 children daily. About 1374 accidents and 400 deaths take place every day on Indian road which further translates into 57 accidents and loss of 17 lives on an average every hour in our country. 1,46,133 people lost their lives to road accidents in 2015, exceeding the number of deaths caused by all the wars India had fought till date. The economic loss to the nation due to the road crashes have gone up to 3.8 L Crore, estimated by the Planning Commission in its 2014 Report to be around 3% of India’s GDP.

    In 77.1% of the 2015 cases, the fault lay with the drivers, be it exceeding lawful speed (which accounts for a share as high as 47.9%) or be it drunk driving (which accounts for a share as low as 3.3%). The other reasons are: distracted driving (using their cellphones, eating, having arguments and loud chats while driving), not using the essential safety gears (e.g. helmets and seat belts) as well as external factors such as weather conditions affecting the visibility (rain / mist / dust storm), overloaded and defective vehicles, deplorable road conditions and position of the speed breakers. Hit and run and head on collision cases constitute the majority of the road accidents. It is established beyond any doubt that the most important factor responsible for road accidents remains over speeding; as the faster you drive, the later your reaction will be when it comes to stopping the vehicle to prevent an accident. Drivers also speed up when they approach a yellow light and they eventually run the red lights, frequently causing accidents.

    यूपीएल , वेदर रिस्क और एचडीएफसी कंपनियां किसानों के हित में संभाला मोर्चा
    December 23, 2016 | National 24 News | Lokhit Express| New India Times, New Delhi
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    पिछले तीन सालों में नकदी फसल कपास की उपज में सबसे ज्यादा गिरावट देखी गई है । भारतीय कपास निगम लिमिटेड के मुताबिक , 2013-14 में 398 लाख गांठे उत्पादन हुई थी जिसके बाद से धीरे धीरे ग्राफ नीचे जा रहा है । 2015-16 सत्र के दौरान कपास उत्पादन 352 लाख गांठे होने का अनुमान लगाया गया है जबकि 2014—15 में कपास की उपज 380 लाख गांठे हुई थी इस बीच कपास में करीब 28 लाख गांठो की गिरावट हुई है । पिछले साल पंजाब के मलवा और हरियाणा कॉटन बेल्ट में कहे जाने वाले कुछ हिस्सों में किसानों को सफेद मक्खी से सबसे अधिक नुकसान हुआ था जिसके कारण करीब 15 किसानों ने आत्महत्या कर ली है ।

    हरियाणा राज्य कृषि विभाग के आंकड़ों के अनुसार , वर्ष 2014-15 में 14 लाख 95 हजार एकड़ में कपास की फसल बोई गई थी। इनमें सबसे अधिक सिरसा जिले में 1,89500 हेक्टेयर और दूसरे नंबर हिसार जिले में 1,55200 हेक्टेयर में कपास की फसल बोई गई थी। सरकार ने रकबे की 50 प्रतिशत फसल सफेद मक्खी से खराब हुई मानी थी। वहीं , वेदर रिस्क मैनज्मन्ट सर्विसिज़ प्राइवेट लिमिटेड के मुताबिक , “2015 में सफेद मक्खी के कारण नुकसान करीब 4200 करोड़ हुआ ” साथ ही सफेद मक्खी की वजह से किसानों को आत्महत्या करने को मजबूर होना पड़ा । ऐसी समस्याओं से निपटने के लिए कुछ प्राइवेट ऑर्गनिज़ैशन सरकार के साथ कंधे से कंधा मिलाकर चल रही है जिसमें से एक वेदर रिस्क और यूनाइटेड फॉस्फोरस लिमिटेड है । जहां किसानों को खेती में होने वाली समस्याओं से बचाने की कोशिश की जाती है । 2016 में वेदर रिस्क ने किसानों के लिए सॉइल डॉक्टर सर्विस पेश की । जिसमें भूमि की उर्वर क्षमता का आकलन लगाया जाता है जिससे फसल की उपज को बढ़ाया जा सकता है ।

    दुसरी तरफ ,प्लांट डॉक्टर सर्विस भी पेश की । इस सर्विस के अनुसार, फसल की बुआई से लेकर कटाई तक का ख़्याल रखा जाता है साथ ही मौके पर डिज़ीज के बारे सूचना दी जा सकती है । इसके लिए किसान को वेदर रिस्क के विशेषज्ञों सिर्फ व्हाट्सऐप पर फसल की तस्वीर भेजनी होती है । इन दोनों सर्विसों से किसानों की भूमि की उर्वर क्षमता बढ़ाई जाएगी साथ ही बीमारियों से बचाकर फसल का उत्पादन बढ़ाया जा सकता है ।

    यह सारी प्रकिया किसानों से बातचीत के बाद की जाती है। जिससे उनके सुझावों को ध्यान में रखते हुए किसानों को भरपूर सहायता की जा सके । जिसके बिंदु इस प्रकार है ।
    1.किसानों की सोशल लाइफ के बारे जानना
    2.किसान की भूमि के अगले पिछले के बारे में जानकारी लेना
    3. कैसे किसान बर्बाद फसल से निपटता है ।
    4.कितना किसान सरकार की योजनाओं के बारे में जागरुक है ।
    5 क्या किसान की फसल बीमित है ?
    किसानों से फसलें और उनकी किसानी करने के तरीके से रुबरु होने के बाद क्राप सिक्योर पैकेज के बारे में शिक्षित किया जाता है बता दें कि ये पैकज 3 से 4 महीने तक चलता है जिसमें कॉटन की फसल बोने से लेकर काटने तक की प्रकिया में गाइड किया जाता है । रोगों से बचाने के लिए सीड ट्रीट्मन्ट, सॉइल टेस्टिंग, डिज़ीज़ मैनज्मन्ट, आप्टमल इरगैशन मेथड्ज़ ,पेस्ट कन्ट्रोल और स्प्रैइंग का प्रयोग किया जाता है । जैसे ही किसान पैकज को चुन लेता है वैसे ही वेदर रिस्क के कर्मी किसान की भूमि का निरक्षण करते है उसी के अनुसार सप्ताह में फसल और मिट्टी में स्प्रै और पेस्टासाइड छिड़का जाता है जहां किसान कपास की फसलों को लीफ कर्ल वायरस और काला सूटी मोल्ड जैसे रोगों से बचा सकता है। अहम बात यह है कि विशेष रोगों से बचाने के लिए वेदर रिस्क और एचडीएफसी बैंक ने फार्म लेवल बीमा किसानों के लिए मुहैया करा रही है । साल दर साल , सरकारों ने कपास उत्पादन बढ़ाने के लिए 5 साल कार्यक्रम में कुछ स्पेशल योजनाएं चलाई है इसके बावजूद कैसे भी कोई कपास उत्पादन में विकास नहीं देखा गया है । प्राइवेट कंपनियों की पहल शायद इस सुरत को बदलने में कामयाब हो जाए ।

    UPL-backed firm WRMS to expand farm services in 150 districts
    December 21, 2016 | India Today | Business Standard | Shafaqna | Green Ecosystem, New Delhi
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    UPL-backed agro-chemical major Weather risk Management Services (WRMS) is planning to expand its presence to 150 districts from 40 at present.
    UPL Ltd had last year acquired 26 per cent stake in Weather Risk Management Services Pvt Ltd for Rs 10 crore.
    WRMS, incorporated in India in 2004, is primarily engaged in providing agriculture risk management solutions which include weather information and forecast services, agriculture decision support system services, precision farming services, and crop insurance products to farmers.

    With the help of funding from UPL, WRMS Founder and MD Sonu Agrawal said the company is expanding its presence to 150 districts from 40 districts.

    "Our turnover is also expected to rise at Rs 15-17.5 crore this fiscal from Rs 10 crore last year. With UPL coming on board we are expecting a significant growth in the coming fiscal," he added.

    In order to boost farmers income, he said the company has launched many new services such as Plant Doctor and Soil Doctor to diagnose plant and soil diseases.

    "WRMS is also planning to introduce drone for data collection and analysis," Agrawal said.
    Elaborating on the new service, Agrawal said the company is running a pilot program for Soil Doctor in Haryana, and it plans to procure soil-testing equipment to make the process more efficient and scalable.
    "Plant Doctor provides real time plant disease diagnosis service to farmers. Farmers need to Whatsapp a photo of their plant to receive an instant disease diagnosis from the WRMS experts," he added.
    Under Crop Secure service, it facilitates weather and yield based crop insurance products to farmers.
    "So, based on the historical data, the team of WRMS studies the climatic conditions and also the yield of farmers over the years. The insurance is thus provided accordingly to the farmers," he said, adding that the company provides price information about the closest mandi to the farmers.

    Vehicle Telematics: New age automation to deliver complete road & vehicle safety
    December 20, 2016 | Data Quest | Enterprise IT World, New Delhi
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    Though road accident incidences are quite prevalent in India, its alarming statistics clearly show that lessons have not yet been learnt and there is hardly any awareness of what exactly is at stake. 2015 witnessed over five lakh road accidents in India: one death every four minutes and sacrifice of 16 children daily. About 1,374 accidents and 400 deaths take place every day on Indian roads which further translates into 57 accidents and loss of 17 lives on an average every hour. Around 1,46,133 people lost their lives to road accidents in 2015, exceeding the number of deaths caused by all the wars India had fought till date. The economic loss to the nation due to road crashes have gone up to 3.8 lakh crore, estimated by the Planning Commission in its 2014 Report to be around 3% of India’s GDP.

    In 77.1% of the 2015 cases, the fault lay with the drivers, be it exceeding lawful speed (which accounts for a share as high as 47.9%) or be it drunk driving (which accounts for a share as low as 3.3%). The other reasons are: distracted driving (using mobiles, eating, having arguments and loud chats while driving), not using the essential safety gears (helmets and seat belts) as well as external factors such as weather conditions affecting the visibility (rain / mist / dust storm), overloaded and defective vehicles, deplorable road conditions and position of the speed breakers. Hit and run, over-speeding and head-on collision cases constitute the majority of the road accidents.

    But now Vehicle Telematics with its effective integration of telecommunications and informatics for numerous automobile applications has brought the thought of intelligent and better control over vehicles on the move into a reality. Concerted efforts in this field and measures developed over the decades have paved ways to new standards for safe user interfaces, introduced radars in automobiles for avoiding collisions and included high-tech communication systems to ensure enhanced driver and vehicle safety as well as improved traffic management. It uses a robust framework of vehicle systems including GPS navigation, emergency warning, driving assistance, wireless safety communication, fault detection and fleet tracking.

    Telematics improves driving performance by tracking and reporting vehicle location and status, speed, direction and distance travelled; harsh brakes and improper acceleration; car vibration; idle time; weather conditions, etc. The driver can receive all this information through a basic pre-registered SIM card. It provides wide-angle cameras and emergency call services as well as helps in parking management, automatic toll transactions to facilitate driving to the greatest possible extent. A number of useful applications are available to detect vehicle fatigue and ensure their timely maintenance; these apps will send warning signals to driver’s smartphone when a vehicle’s tyre pressure or fuel level needs checking. In a more streamlined vehicle maintenance strategy, Telematics offers targeted repair and replacement schedules based on individual vehicle data, enabling prior notification every time a vehicle part is in need of replacement, thus eliminating vehicle downtime to the maximum.

    किसान फसल बीमा योजना का नहीं मिला लाभ
    Sep 9, 2016 | TV24 News Channel, Gurugram
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    Farmers Crop Insurance Scheme
    Sep 9, 2016 | Samachar Express, Gurugram
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    37% districts short of rain despite average monsoon; September crucial
    August 31, 2016 | F India | Business Standard | India Spend | The Hans India | News India | The News Now, New Delhi
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    After two consecutive droughts, India received normal rainfall — 2 percent less than the 100-year average —by the end of August 2016, but within that normality, more than a third of the country is short of rain, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) data.

    In 610 of 641 districts for which data are available, 389 districts received normal or excess rain, while 221 received "deficient" or "scanty" rain in the first three months of the four-month-long monsoon season. This means September rainfall will now be important to make up for these widespread deficits.

    The sowing of kharif (summer monsoon) crop was 5 percent more than normal by August-end because more than half of India’s districts received normal rain, reiterated by the Reserve Bank of India in its 2015-16 annual report: "As on 18 August, 2016, the cumulative rainfall was at its long period average (LPA) level as against 9 percent below LPA in the corresponding period of the previous year, leading to an increase of 6.5 percent in kharif (summer monsoon crop) sowing, thus far."

    Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra have received 20 percent more rain than normal.

    Though the area sown is more than normal, some crops have taken a hit.

    While 40 percent more pulses were sown than normal till the end of August, cash crops like sugarcane and cotton were 15 percent short of normal.

    Extreme rainfall events in central India, the core of the monsoon system, are increasing and moderate rainfall is decreasing — as a part of complex changes in local and world weather — according to a clutch of Indian and global studies reviewed by IndiaSpend in April 2015.

    UPL buys 26% stake in Weather Risk Management
    June 15, 2016 | Times of India | Business Standard | The Economic Times | India Today | Live Mint | VC Circle, New Delhi
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    "The company has signed an agreement with Weather Risk Management Services Pvt Ltd (WRMS), the promoters of WRMS and the subsidiary of WRMS, namely, INGEN Technologies, whereby UPL will subscribe to 37,681 equity shares constituting 26 per cent share capital (on fully diluted basis) of WRMS," the filing added.

    UPL is acquiring 26 per cent shareholding in WRMS for cash consideration of about Rs 10 crore, it said. "The collaboration will help UPL in providing farm services and precision farming solutions to the farmers and several other value added services to farmers. UPL would leverage on technology platform developed by WRMS to strengthen its relationship with farmers," the company said.

    WRMS, incorporated in India in 2004, is primarily engaged in providing agriculture risk management solutions which include weather information and forecast services, agriculture decision support system services, precision farming services, and crop insurance products to farmers.

    WRMS provides data analytics services to sectors such as renewable energy. It has recently started projects in Bangladesh, Cambodia and other Asian countries as well. UPL is the leading agrochemical company and is engaged in research, manufacturing, marketing, sales and distribution of agrochemicals and speciality chemicals across the globe. It posted a revenue of Rs 13,301 crore in last fiscal.

    Monsoon slightly delayed, to set in by June 6: WRMS
    June 1, 2016 | Times of India, Kolkata
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    Monsoon in Kerala is "slightly delayed" and likely to set in by June 6 and "normal to excess rainfall" is expected over most parts of the country from July till September, said private weather forecaster Weather Risk Management Services (WRMS).

    "The onset of monsoon in Kerala is expected to be slightly delayed and is likely to take place around June 6 to June 7 as a weak current," said Kanti Prasad, senior consultant, climate sciences, WRMS Pvt Ltd. "Though slightly delayed, its advancement will be good," Prasad said.

    The company processes the NOAA climate CFSV2 (coupled forecast system version 2) model and adds statistical and synoptic interpretations to provide long range weather forecasts to its clients. NOAA is the US's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The analysis says rainfall during the month of June may "remain subdued" over many parts of India except in the northeastern states.

    "Monsoon rains are expected to commence over north eastern states around June 10 and advance further westward across West Bengal , Bihar , East UP and Himalayan belt between June 16 and June 20. Our analysis of the model shows that monsoon 2016 may end up on the positive side of the normal with well distributed rainfall over the country," said Prasad.
    "The monthly precipitation forecasts based on the model products dated May 26 indicate positive anomalies (normal to excess rainfall) over most parts of the country during July, August and September."

    But a few pockets of south peninsula such as Andhra Pradesh , Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu may receive "deficient rainfall" during the months of July and September, he said.

    Monsoon in Kerala slightly delayed, to set in by 6 June: Weather forecaster
    June 1, 2016 | First Post, Kolkata
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    Monsoon in Kerala is "slightly delayed" and likely to set in by 6 June and "normal to excess rainfall" is expected over most parts of the country from July till September, said private weather forecaster Weather Risk Management Services (WRMS).

    "The onset of monsoon in Kerala is expected to be slightly delayed and is likely to take place around 6 June to 7 June as a weak current," said Kanti Prasad, senior consultant, climate sciences, WRMS Pvt Ltd. "Though slightly delayed, its advancement will be good," Prasad said.

    The company processes the NOAA climate CFSV2 (coupled forecast system version 2) model and adds statistical and synoptic interpretations to provide long range weather forecasts to its clients. NOAA is the US's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The analysis says rainfall during the month of June may "remain subdued" over many parts of India except in the northeastern states.

    "Monsoon rains are expected to commence over north eastern states around June 10 and advance further westward across West Bengal, Bihar, East UP and Himalayan belt between 16 June and 20 June. Our analysis of the model shows that monsoon 2016 may end up on the positive side of the normal with well distributed rainfall over the country," said Prasad. "The monthly precipitation forecasts based on the model products dated 26 May indicate positive anomalies (normal to excess rainfall) over most parts of the country during July, August and September."

    But a few pockets of south peninsula such as Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu may receive "deficient rainfall" during the months of July and September, he said.

    Monsoon to hit Bengal by June 7, heavy rains expected, claim weather experts
    June 1, 2016 | Indian Express, Kolkata
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    Dr Kanti Prasad, climate scientist at Weather Risk Management Services (WRMS), said there will be a variation in rainfall but overall, the state will receive rainfall in excess, particularly in June.

    West Bengal is expected to receive above-normal rainfall this monsoon, expected to hit the state within a week, while the north-eastern states are likely to face the risk of floods, a private weather forecasting agency said here on Wednesday.

    Dr Kanti Prasad, climate scientist at Weather Risk Management Services (WRMS), said there will be a variation in rainfall but overall, the state will receive rainfall in excess, particularly in June.

    “From the data and satellite pictures collected, it can be assumed that monsoon would set in Bengal by the seventh of this month and the wind will advance further westward towards Bihar, east Uttar Pradesh and Himalayan belt between June 16 and 20,” Prasaid told reporters.

    “While the northern part of the state is likely to receiver excess rainfall in July, the southern part will receive normal rainfall. In August, there are chances of less rainfall, it will be back to normal in September,” added Prasad, former deputy director general of meteorology, IMD.

    Asked about the north-eastern states, Prasad predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in the months of June and July which can give rise to a flood-like situation. WRMS has analysed data from the NOAA climate coupled forecast system model version 2 (CFSV2) model to predict that the onset of monsoon is expected to be slightly delayed and is likely to take place around June 6-7 as a weak current. Prasad said the data indicated several anomalies over most part of the country during the monsoonal months. “A few pockets of southern peninsula such as Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu may receive deficient rainfall during the month of July and September,” he said.

    Sonu Agarwal, MD, WRMS, said their operation included weather forecasting, suggesting mitigation mechanisms and elaborating on the insurance aspect in adverse situations. “For 2015-16, we had predicted that there would be drought-situation in many parts of the country and had suggested to farmers in those areas that they should not go for water-intensive crops. We collect data from 100 weather stations in Bengal and have several models. We issue advisories to farmers across the nation, take up soil moisture census and also help farmers in planning irrigation if a dry spell is predicted,” Agarwal said.

    Weather Risk Management Services sees monsoon onset by June 6
    June 1, 2016 | The Hindu, Kolkata
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    According to Sonu Agrawal, Managing Director, WRMS, the company caters to over 10 lakh farmers (one million). “We intend to ramp up our presence across the various States and look at a 10 fold growth in subscriber base,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar on Monsoon Outlook 2016 organised here in the city.

    Some of the States that will be on the company’s radar for expansion include West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.

    WRMS has its own network of 2,000-odd micro weather stations (also called granular weather stations). Subscription rates for farmers vary between ₹500 per hectare of production and ₹3,000, depending on the type of service chosen.

    According to Kanti Prasad, climate scientist at WRMS, the onset of monsoon in the country is expected to take place around June 6 or June 7.

    Monsoon rains are expected to commence over north-eastern States around June 10 and advance across West Bengal, Bihar, east UP and Himalayan belt between June 16 and 20.

    The agency said the western side of the country may receive a little less than normal rainfall in June; while in the next few months there will be normal or excess rainfall throughout the country except in some pockets.

    Monsoon to reach Kerala coast on June 6 or 7, says private forecaster
    May 30, 2016 | The Economic Times, New Delhi
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    Mainland India is expected to get the first monsoon showers on June 6 or 7, about a week later than the usual June 1 date that the rains keep with Kerala coasts, a private weather risk management company said.

    Citing data from a US agency, Weather Risk Management Services also said most parts of India would get normal to excess rainfall between July and September — an encouraging prediction for a country that suffered two consecutive years of drought.

    The India Meteorological Department , too, had given a similar prediction in mid-May — the government agency expects the onset of monsoon over Kerala on June 7, with a possible error four days on both sides. Last year, the monsoon arrived on June 5.

    "Monsoon rains are expected to commence over northeastern states around June 10 and advance further westward across West Bengal Bihar, East Uttar Pradesh and Himalayan belt between June 16 and 20,"said Sonu Agrawal, managing director of Weather Risk Management Services.

    The company said American agency National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's model data dated May 26 indicated positive anomalies — normal to excess rainfall — over most parts of the country during July, August and September 2016. "Rainfall during the month of June may remain subdued over many parts of the country except northeastern states. A few pockets of south peninsula such as Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu may receive deficient rainfall during the month.

    Prospects brighten for two-wheeler makers
    April 8, 2016 | Business Standard, New Delhi
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    Sudden buoyancy has set into the two-wheeler industry, triggered by forecasts of an above normal monsoon. The past two years had seen a deficit monsoon that affected purchasing power in the rural market, where about 40 per cent of two-wheelers are sold.

    A private forecaster, Weather Risk Management Services, estimated last week that monsoon rainfall this year would be above normal in most parts. India Meteorological Department, the government forecaster, will release its first estimates on April 20.

    Stocks of two-wheeler companies have started reacting positively. Hero MotoCorp, the nation’s largest two-wheeler maker, hit a 52-week high of Rs 3,009 on Tuesday. The stock has rallied 20 per cent since the start of the calendar year. Last week, TVS Motor touched a 52-week high of Rs 329 (see chart).

    Two-wheeler sales grew only 0.86 per cent in 2015. However, a recovery in is already visible. In February, Hero’s domestic sales went up by 13 per cent. Overall, the industry grew by nearly 13 per cent in February. For Hero, March was even better as sales grew by 14 per cent. The firm sits on a strong 39 per cent share in the domestic market. Domestic sales of TVS increased by 19 per cent in March.

    “Timely measures by the government and a good monsoon will be essential to sustaining this positive trend,” said Pawan Munjal, chairman, managing director and chief executive officer of Hero MotoCorp, last week. Unlike previous months, when growth in the industry was being driven by scooters, motorcycles have also started contributing now. In February, motorcycle sales went up by 11 per cent. In 2015, sales of motorcycle, which form 65 per cent of two-wheeler volumes, had declined over three per cent. The rural market is critical for motorcycles. Sales of scooters, which are largely sold in urban areas, grew by 13 per cent in 2015.

    After two years of drought, rains may break El Nino jinx
    April 7, 2016 | Business Standard, New Delhi
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    Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan's hopes of a normal monsoon this year - after two back-to-back droughts - to boost rural demand could be fulfilled. Though the summer is expected to be hotter than usual, global and domestic forecasts point to good rains this year.

    Officials of both the weather department and private forecasters said the rainfall this year could be normal, with some forecasting it to be 102-103 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA). A monsoon is considered normal if rain during the June to September season is 96-104 per cent of the LPA.

    The LPA is average seasonal rainfall over the country in the past 50 years, starting from 1951. It is estimated, at present, to be 89 cm. "As of now, nothing is looking bad about the southwest monsoon this year. But, we are waiting for some more data, after which we will come out with our first seasonal forecast," D S Pai, deputy director general, climatology, India Meteorological Department (IMD), told Business Standard.

    On April 1, Weather Risk Management Services (WRMS), a Gurgaon-based private forecaster, had also said monsoon this year would be better than normal. The main reason why meteorologists are optimistic about the monsoon is the waning of Niño, a weather phenomenon which has been blamed for the 2014 and 2015 droughts. This is only the fourth time in the past 115 years that there have been droughts on consecutive years. El Niño is a climate cycle in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, with warm water pools near Indonesia and the Philippines.

    Hopes high for a good monsoon
    April 6, 2016 | Live Mint, New Delhi
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    Weather scientists said they may have spotted signs of a normal, if not a good, rainy season this year, sparking hope among farmers and policymakers alike after two successive bad monsoons. With just three weeks to go for the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD’s) much-awaited monsoon forecast, scientists at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), under the ministry of earth sciences, have signalled the highest probability yet of better-than-normal rainfall in the June-September monsoon season.

    On 1 April, Weather Risk Management Services Pvt. Ltd (WRMS), a private weather forecasting and risk assessment agency, provided a long-range forecast based on March observations saying monsoon 2016 may end up on the positive side of normal, with well-distributed rainfall everywhere except the North-East. WRMS indicated that El Nino, a weather phenomenon that results from the warming of Pacific Ocean regions and is associated with drier-than-normal conditions in India, will continue to weaken over the coming months, returning to neutral by early summer of this year. There is also a chance of La Nina developing by November, it said, adding that these signals are favourable to above-normal monsoon rainfall over the country during June-September.

    The La Nina weather phenomenon, also known as the anti-El Nino, is associated with higher-than-normal rainfall in India. WRMS processes data from the US’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and CFS v2 model and adds statistical interpretations to provide long-range weather forecasts to clients.

    Kanti Prasad, former deputy director at IMD, said: “It is too early to give exact probabilities, but based on observations made in March, there are broad indications of a positive monsoon, with the weakening El Nino being the main driving force.” But IMD officials insisted that it is not possible to put out an accurate forecast right now and said the agency will issue one by the end of April. The south-west monsoon accounts for more than 70% of the annual rainfall in India, where nearly 53% of crop area is unirrigated.

    Above normal monsoon this year
    April 1, 2016 | Times Of India, New Delhi
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    In the first forecast by any agency for this year's monsoon, a private company has predicted above normal and well-distributed rainfall in the country during the crucial June-September season.


    Foraying into the tricky field of monsoon forecasting, Weather Risk Management Services, a risk management company that also provides meteorological services, released its long range prediction for the rainy season on Friday. It said rainfall is expected to be above normal, roughly more than 104% in most parts of the country, except the northeast.

    The company also released percentage-wise forecasts for each month of the monsoon season as well as for each region, but said there was low confidence on these numbers at this stage. "At the moment, we are not highlighting specific numbers but just the general direction of the forecast," said Kanti Prasad, climate scientist at WRMS.

    According to the forecast, all four months of the monsoon season are likely to get above normal rains countrywide, with June having the highest positive departure from normal and September the lowest. June rainfall is likely to be highest from normal in south, central and northeastern regions, while in northwest India, July, August and September are expected to be wetter than normal, it said.
    The company said it mainly based its forecast on results from the dynamical climate model used by US government's weather agency, NOAA, which are in the public domain.

    The biggest factor favouring good rainfall, WRMS said, was the projected weakening of El Nino conditions. "Most ENSO prediction models indicate continued weakening of El Nino conditions over the coming several months, returning to neutral by late spring or early summer 2016, and a chance of La Nina development by fall," its release said.

    WRMS is the second Indian private company to make public forecasts on the monsoon. Private forecaster Skymet has been predicting the monsoon for a few years now. Both companies rely on data from computer models of international weather agencies, in contrast to the India Meteorological Department which generates its own data.

    Monsoon likely to be ‘above normal, well-distributed’
    April 1, 2016 | The Hindu Business Line, New Delhi
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    After two consecutive years of drought, the monsoon this year promises to be above normal, going by an early forecast.


    A long-range weather forecast by climate management company Weather Risk Management Services indicates that the monsoon this year may end up 5 to 10 per cent above normal — with well-distributed rainfall over the country.

    However, some areas such as the North-East may receive lower-than-normal rainfall, the forecast released on Friday — based on the dynamic climate model CFSV2 used by the US national weather agency NOAA — pointed out.

    “We will be coming up with our monsoon forecast every 15 days. While it is possible that the forecast based on data collected in April will be different from that in March, I do not expect much variation,” said K Prasad, climate scientist and consultant for Weather Risk Management Services, at a press conference.

    rasad said his optimism stems from the absence of significant variation in the data collected through March, which was averaged out, to arrive at the forecast.

    While a long-range forecast may not be as reliable or detailed as medium- or short-range forecasts (which are much closer to the start of monsoon), it helps in setting the mood for farmers and industry, and also the government to do contingency planning if required, say experts.

    “Long-range forecasts can’t be used by farmers to take sowing decisions or by the industry to take business decisions. But it is certainly a guiding factor and can help certain sectors, such as juice manufacturers, take inventory decisions,” said Vanit Kathuria, an agriculture professional.

    मौसम विभाग का अनुमान, दो साल बाद इस बार हैं अच्छी बारिश के आसार
    April 1, 2016 | Jagran, New Delhi
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    नई दिल्ली: लगातार दो साल तक कम बारिश के बाद देश के किसान इस साल अच्छे मानसून की उम्मीद कर सकते हैं। स्वतंत्र रूप से मौसम का अनुमान लगाने वाली सेवा वेदर रिस्क मैनेजमेंट सर्विसेज लिमिटेड (डब्लूआरएमएसएल) और भारतीय मौसम विभाग (आइएमडी) ने यही अनुमान व्यक्त किए हैं।

    डब्लूआरएमएसएल के मुताबिक, इस साल जून में बारिश सामान्य से 25 फीसद अधिक होगी। उसके सीनियर कंसल्टेंट कांति प्रसाद ने बताया कि उसके बाद बारिश में कमी आती जाएगी और औसत में यह सामान्य मानसून ही कहलाएगा। उन्होंने कहा, संभव है कि इस साल उत्तरपूर्वी भारत में अच्छी बारिश न हो, क्योंकि देखा गया है कि जब पूरे भारत में अच्छी बारिश होती है तो देश का उत्तरपूर्वी हिस्सा इससे वंचित रहता है।

    In June, the country is expected a receive 25 percent more rainfall than normal
    April 1, 2016 | Money Control, New Delhi
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    India will experience a little more than normal rainfall this monsoon, according to a forecast by a weather risk management company.

    "As per our models, India will receive more than normal rainfall this year. June is expected to receive fairly good rainfall, around 25 percent more than the normal limit," said Kanti Prasad, senior consultant (climate sciences), Weather Risk Management Services Ltd.

    In June, the country is expected a receive 25 percent more rainfall than normal. Rainfall will start receding thereafter but will remain within the parameters of "normal monsoon", he said.

    Northeast India, however, may not receive good rainfall, he said.

    "Generally, the trend is when the entire India receives good rainfall, the northeastern part does not receive good rainfall," Prasad added.

    The 2016 monsoon rains will be normal and well distributed
    April 1, 2016 | The Economic Times | ET Auto, New Delhi
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    Private firm Weather Risk Management Services has said that India will receive normal rainfall during the June-September monsoon season, welcome news in a country where as much as 60% of the farmland is rain-fed.

    The forecast from the government's India Meteorological department (IMD) is expected by the last week of April. Local authorities use IMD's prediction to decide on their monsoon preparations.

    The 2016 monsoon rains will be normal and well distributed. The models are indicating above average rainfall from June to September," said Kanti Prasad, head-meteorology at Gurgaon headquartered Weather Risk Management Services.

    However, Prasad said that there may be some areas in northeast India, Maharashtra and Rajasthan where overall rainfall activity may be somewhat on the negative side of the normal during monsoon.

    "In the four-month rainy season, rains in June are expected to be the maximum, thereby reducing over the next three months," said Prasad.

    India will experience a little more than normal rainfall this monsoon
    April 1, 2016 | The Financial Express, New Delhi
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    In June, the country is expected a receive 25 per cent more rainfall than normal. Rainfall will start receding thereafter but will remain within the parameters of “normal monsoon”, he said.

    India will experience a little more than normal rainfall this monsoon, according to a forecast by a weather risk management company. “As per our models, India will receive more than normal rainfall this year. June is expected to receive fairly good rainfall, around 25 per cent more than the normal limit,” said Kanti Prasad, senior consultant (climate sciences), Weather Risk Management Services Ltd.

    "Generally, the trend is when the entire India receives good rainfall, the northeastern part does not receive good rainfall," Prasad added.

    इस साल सामान्य रहेगा मानसून
    April 1, 2016 | Pal Pal India, New Delhi
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    जलवायु परिवर्तन संबंधी जोखिम प्रबंधन सेवा देने वाली घरेलू कंपनी डब्ल्यूआरएमएस ने इस साल मानसून सामान्य रहने की भविष्यवाणी की है. वेदर रिस्क मैनजमेंट सर्विसेज प्राइवेट लि. (डब्ल्यूआरएमएस) के जलवायु वैज्ञानिक डॉ. के प्रसाद ने यहां मानसून भविष्यवाणी पर आयोजित एक सेमिनार में कहा, मौजूदा संकेत के आधार पर इस साल मानसून सामान्य से बेहतर रहेगा और इसका वितरण भी अच्छा होगा|

    हालांकि उन्होंने कहा पूर्वोत्तर भारत जैसे कुछ क्षेत्र हैं जहां बारिश की मात्रा सामान्य से कम रह सकती है. कंपनी ने अमेरिका की जलवायु अनुसंधान एजेंसी एनओएए के जलवायु भविष्यवाणी मॉडल सीएफएसवी2 मॉडल तथा विभिन्न सांख्यिकी आंकड़ों का विश्लेषण कर यह अनुमान जताया है. इस मौके पर कंपनी ने कॉल सेंटर भी शुरू किए जाने की घोषणा की. इस कॉल सेंटर में 7505022000 नंबर पर कॉल कर लोग मौसम और उससे निपटने के उपाय के बारे जानकारी प्राप्त कर सकते हैं|

    Northeast India, however, may not receive good rainfall
    April 1, 2016 | Zee News, New Delhi
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    In June, the country is expected a receive 25 percent more rainfall than normal. Rainfall will start receding thereafter but will remain within the parameters of "normal monsoon", he said.

    Northeast India, however, may not receive good rainfall, he said.
    "As per our models, India will receive more than normal rainfall this year. June is expected to receive fairly good rainfall, around 25 percent more than the normal limit," said Kanti Prasad, senior consultant (climate sciences), Weather Risk Management Services Ltd.

    June is expected to receive fairly good rainfall, around 25% more than the normal limit
    April 1, 2016 | DNA India | Daily Pioneer | Siasat | Business Standard | NYOOOZ | Deccan Chronicle New Delhi
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    India will experience a little more than normal rainfall this monsoon, according to a forecast by a weather risk management company.

    "As per our models, India will receive more than normal rainfall this year. June is expected to receive fairly good rainfall, around 25 per cent more than the normal limit," said Kanti Prasad, senior consultant (climate sciences), Weather Risk Management Services Ltd.

    "Generally, the trend is when the entire India receives good rainfall, the northeastern part does not receive good rainfall," Prasad added.

    इस साल मानसून सामान्य रहने का संकेत
    April 1, 2016 | समाचार जगत New Delhi
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    जलवायु परिवर्तन संबंधी जोखिम प्रबंधन सेवा देने वाली घरेलू कंपनी डब्ल्यूआरएमएस ने इस साल मानसून सामान्य रहने की भविष्यवाणी की है। कंपनी ने अमरीका की जलवायु अनुसंधान एजेंसी एनओएए के जलवायु भविष्यवाणी मॉडल सीएफएसवी2 मॉडल तथा विभिन्न सांख्यिकी आंकड़ों का विश्लेषण कर देश में मानसून इस साल सामान्य रहने का अनुमान जताया है।

    वेदर रिस्क मैनजमेंट सर्विसेज प्राइवेट लि. डब्ल्यूआरएमएस के जलवायु वैज्ञानिक डॉ. के प्रसाद ने शुक्रवार को यहां मानसून भविष्यवाणी पर आयोजित एक सेमिनार में कहा कि मौजूदा संकेत के आधार पर इस साल मानसून सामान्य से बेहतर रहेगा और इसका वितरण भी अच्छा होगा।

    प्रसाद ने इस बारे में विस्तार से बताते हुए कहा कि हमारे नोएएए जलवायु सीएफएसवी2 मॉडल तथा विभिन्न सांख्यिकी आंकड़ों का विश्लेषण यह बताता है कि इस साल देश में मानसून सामान्य रहने के साथ उसका वितरण बेहतर होगा।
    उन्होंने बताया कि अधिकतर ईएनएसओ अल निनो-सदर्न आसिलेशन मॉडल आने वाले महीनों में अल-नीनो के निरंतर कमजोर होने का संकेत दे रहा है। पुन आईओडी इंडियन ओसिएन डाइपोल के नकारात्मक स्तर में रहने का अनुमान है। ये संकेत बताते हैं कि मानसून इस साल जून से सितंबर सामान्य से बेहतर रहेगा।
    अल नीनो का संबंध उष्णकटिबंधीय प्रशांत महासगार के मध्य एवं पूर्वी भाग के गर्म होने से है। इस मौके पर कंपनी ने काल सेंटर भी शुरू किए जाने की घोषणा की। इस कॉल सेंटर में 7505022000 नंबर पर कॉल कर लोग मौसम और उससे निपटने के उपाय के बारे जानकारी प्राप्त कर सकते हैं।

    गुड़गांव में फसल बीमा योजना को लेकर किसान और सरकार आमने-सामने
    Feb 28, 2016 | TV 24
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    फसल बीमा योजना का प्रचार क्यों नहीं होता ?
    Feb 29, 2016 | Gurgaon Mail
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    ग्रामीण अर्थव्यवस्था पर आज किसान और सरकार आमने सामने नज़र आते हैं । फसल बीमा योजना के प्रति राज्य सरकारों की अनदेखी के कारण आज फसल बर्बादी पर किसान आत्मदाह करने पर मजबूर नज़र आता हैं किसानो को होने वाले आर्थिक नुक्सान का आखिर जिम्मेदार कौन ? भारतीय कृषि का ६५ प्रतिशत हिस्सा बर्षा पर निर्भर खेतिहरों को सतर्कता बिन्दुओ के तहत होने वाले नुकसान की क्षतिपूर्ति के लिए बीमा निवेश से अनिश्चितता क्यों दिखाई देती हैं किसान को फसल नुकसान होने पर बीमा योजना का लाभ कब और कैसे मिलेगा अन्य योजनाओं की तरह फसल योजना का प्रचार क्यों नहीं होता है विश्व में विज्ञानं ने चाहे कितनी भी सफलता हासिल की हो पर बदलते मौसम पर नियंत्रण कर फसल की बर्बादी को रोकने का कोई समाधान उजागर नहीं हुआ |

    भारतीय कृषि का ६५ प्रतिशत हिस्सा वर्षा पर निर्भर करता हैं जिससे फसलो की पैदावार में ५० प्रतिशत तक विविधता वर्षा में अंतर के कारण ही है वेदर रिस्क मैनेजमेंट प्रबन्थक सोनू अग्रवाल ने कहा की हमारे देश में फसल बीमा योजनाये तो बहुत है लेकिन वो पूर्ण रूप से कार्य नई कर रही हैं जिसकी जानकारी किसानो के पास नहीं

    जागरूकता ना होने के कारण वो इन योजनाओ का लाभ नहीं उठा पाते हैं जिस कारण से अब तो मौसम और खासकर बारिश का पूर्ण अनुमान और मौसम पर नियंत्रण असंभव हैं जिसके लिए ग्रामीण अर्थव्यवस्था खासकर किसानो को होने वाले आर्थिक नुकसान चाहे तेज हवाओ के कारण हो या बेमौसमी बारिश से ओला वृस्ति से हो या सूखे के कारण इसकी भरपाई करने की योजनाये जरुरी हैं फसल बीमा विशिष्ट रूप से खेतिहर को फसल की ऊपज में कमी के लिए सुव्यवश्थित करता है । मौसम पर आधारित फसल मौसम की परिस्थितिया फसल उत्पादन को प्रभावित करती हैं सरकार की ओर से किसानो के लिए खेतिहरों सतर्कता बिन्दुओ के तहत होने वाले नुकसान की क्षतिपूर्ति के लिए बीमा निवेश से लाभ के तरीके विकशित किये गए हैं | लेकिन सरकार द्वारा अन्य योजनाओ की तरह किसानो के लिए फसल बीमा योजना का प्रचार प्रसार मात्र फाइलो तक सीमित है जिससे किसान को फसल के नुकसान पर मुआवजा के लिए आत्मदाह तक करना पड़ता हैं क्योंकि किसानो को फसल बीमा योजना की जानकारी ना होने पर फसल बर्बाद के बाद सरकार की ओर से चंद रुपयो की मदद मिलती हैं ।

    वेदर रिस्क मैनेजमेंट प्रवन्धक सोनू अग्रवाल ने कहा की देश का किसान तो सभी के पेट की भूख शांत करता है लेकिन जब खुद फसल की बर्बादी पर मायुष होता हैं तो उसे पूछने वाला कोई नहीं । किसानो को जो फसल बर्बादी के बाद सरकार द्वारा भुगतान होता हैं वो फसल के अनुपात के अनुसार नही मिलता हैं जबकि उन्हें फसल अनुपात के अनुसार बीमा राशि मिलनी चाहिए | राज्य अंतर्गत जो किसान खेती करता हैं फसल नुकसान के दौरान राज्य सरकार को भी फसल अनुपात के अनुसार राशि देनी चाहिए साथ ही सभी बीमा कंपनियों को भी जिन्होंने किसानो के लिए फसल बीमा योजना फाइलों में दर्शायी गयी हैं उसे किसानो को उनके अधिकारों और योजनाओ के बारे में अवगत कराना चाहिए |

    Vehicle tracking system comes of age: A single stop solution for all logistics woes related to fleet business
    Feb 23, 2016 | DQINDIA
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    Vehicle Telematics (VT) has revolutionized the whole scenario of fleet transport over the past few years. With a new set of innovations, VT has now come of age to offer a one stop solution for fleet business. The most daunting challenges of fleet management can now be simply dealt with by a Vehicle Tracking System well-equipped enough to give full monitoring power and real-time control over the fleet from a remote location.


    Telematics (Telecommunications and Informatics) is the technology of sending, receiving and storing information relating to remote objects, such as vehicles. A fleet tracking system makes use of location technology in the vehicles through GPS (Global Positioning System), a satellite-based navigation system. Being based on space satellites, it is able to gather the location and time information of the vehicle being tracked in any weather conditions and from anywhere in the world. This wireless data communication process has opened up a range of possibilities for fleet service – be it something simple like tracking and monitoring, or be it top-notch surveillance for the vehicles to be completely on guard during travel.

    Powered with VT, fleet managers can track their fleet easily. They can see where their trucks are and it could be all in one screen. The reports could help them know how to route their fleet to make the most out of their drivers’ time, fuel and all other resources. Fleet tracking systems are also used to monitor drivers to see if they are staying in their assigned routes, rather than taking unnecessary trips.

    VT also incorporates high end security solutions for fleet transport. Geo-fence based warnings track any route deviation or herd violation en route; door opening status and unscheduled stoppage alerts give the vehicles complete protection against pilferage or any tampering attempt. If a vehicle gets stolen, one can easily refer to the map that displays where it is exactly and then recover the vehicle. The tracking system also enables summoning roadside assistance and remote unlocking of the vehicle during emergency. Using these services, one of the pioneering dairy business groups in India has been able to lower the incidences of pilferage and adulteration by 50%.

    A few cutting-edge security features of VT include triggering alerts in case of unauthorized interference with the VTS, no GPS; SOS transmission of diagnostics information during emergency; driver identification and auto-stopping stolen vehicles with ignition control and locating it even in areas with no network coverage.

    Surely VT can boost fleet based delivery system in several ways. It can track roadblocks and deplorable road condition well in advance and helps in identification of faster routes. This service is a boon especially for traders and transporters of vegetables or perishable items. For goods that are sensitive to temperature like frozen food and medicines, sensors can exactly measure the container temperature and send out alerts if it exceeds the specified temperature threshold.

    How Weather Risk is helping farmers across India
    Feb 3, 2016
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    Area of Impact : Bankura, West Bengal
    Weather Risk works with over 1 million farmers across India.

    Risk happens every year but, this year we feel that it is going to be a lot intense than before.

    Earlier it affected 2 or 3 plants, but this time it has already affected a couple of plants.

    Securing farmers financially
    January 27, 2016 | MillenniumPost
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    Earlier this month, the Union Cabinet passed the new crop insurance scheme (PMFBY) in a bid to “transform” the lives of farmers. Launched by the Prime Minister with a tweet on the eve of auspicious harvest celebrations, the scheme aims to put an end to financial instability that has been suffocating the sector. An intended upgrade on the NDA and UPA scheme of 1999 and 2004 respectively, the new crop insurance has the lowest uniform premiums of 1.5 percent on Rabi and 2 percent on Kharif crops and goes a step further to remove the cap on the upper limit of subsidy by the government.


    These policy initiatives definitely make the scheme alluring to farmers who, with a more government-incentivised approach can hope for better and risk-free businesses. The PMFBY in effect also replaces the National Agriculture Insurance Scheme (NAIS) and allows states to budget insurance premium subsidies in advance instead of making provisions for unlimited liabilities. It makes several analysts wonder how the states will be able generate the required funds for financing their share of premium subsidy.

    Alleviating the sector from uncertainty is a priority. This is championed by the scheme as it continues to embrace technological data to tackle crop damage. First, the government plans to spread awareness among farmers in weather risk management and set up a system of insurance and compensations based on gathered agricultural and meteorological data. Second, the scheme widens its horizons on the definitions of weather-related disasters affecting crops by including natural calamities like unseasonal rains and damage due to rains after harvest under its umbrella. However, the policy remains silent on how all the data for settling claims will be collected when under the existing scheme, the states find it difficult to conduct their share of crop cutting experiments.

    BiS Infotech Couches with Weather Risk Management
    January 13, 2016 | BiS Infotech
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    As the world struggles with the acute Weather turbulence, a Group of innovators endeavors to cater the endangered calamities.

    Weather Risk Management Services Pvt. Ltd aims to provide the world security against climate change evolving as a major climate risk management company innovatively combining Big Data, Analytics, Smart Devices & Financial Services.

    The company has setup more than 1500 weather stations across India and beyond to yield precise weather forecasts. Working along with Govt of Bangladesh and multiple African Govt there vision is to foster smart products that improves productivity in diverse sectors with least environmental costs. While a live interaction with the company’s MD and Director, they share opinions on their latest offerings, market and the effects of weather change. Excerpts.

    Internet of Things (IOT) all set to bring a major change in the field of Weather insurance
    January 4, 2016 | technuter
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    Big Data analysis has become a crucial part of business planning in the recent times. Gathering extensive information through innovative technological means and analyzing it has enabled companies and governments to not only operate efficiently but build sustainable strategies for the future. The ability to combine and calculate data has given corporations the ability to gain valuable insights about different aspects which impact profitability of ventures. Big Data has proved instrumental in spurring sectors such as Agricultural Insurance and Risk Management. Companies can now analyze data and implement more sustainable strategies thus minimizing risks.

    Weather Insurance and risk management has come as a boon to agriculture in India. The Agricultural sector employs the largest share of India’s workforce but has seen its GDP share deplete gradually in recent times (17% as of 2014). Sustainable weather insurance schemes and damage control planning in case of blights and droughts have helped both farmers in fieldsand brands in markets achieve a more risk free and viable environment. Manufacturers like PEPSICO and Bayer Inc. have been able to collaborate with farmers in order to tackle agricultural hazards and increase yield of their raw material resources. Risk management firms through big data analytics have been able to provide security against unforeseenclima to logical based risks for corporations. They help farmers improve soil quality, revive from natural disasters, and gain adequate knowledge and resources for a better produce.

    Ushering in of big data analytics in India has now been made easier through the very affordable cloud storage services initiated by global tech giants like IBM, Microsoft and Amazon. Storage of data in cloud is a convenient way to make collection, access and analysis of big data across sectors a reality in India.

    Climate analytics can help in saving farmers’ lives and money
    Dec 31, 2015 | CIOL
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    Gathering extensive information through innovative technological means and analyzing it has enabled companies and governments to not only operate efficiently but build sustainable strategies for the future. Big Data has proved instrumental in spurring sectors such as Agriculture with Weather Insurance and Risk Management. Companies can now analyze data and implement more sustainable strategies and thus can minimize risks.

    Weather insurance and risk management have come as a boon to agriculture in India. Sustainable weather insurance schemes and damage control planning in case of blights and droughts have helped both farmers in fields and brands in markets achieve a more risk free and viable environment. Manufacturers have been able to collaborate with farmers in order to tackle agricultural hazards and increase yield of their raw material resources.

    Risk management firms through big data analytics have been able to provide security against unforeseen climate related risks for corporations. They help farmers improve soil quality, revive from natural disasters, and gain adequate knowledge and resources for a better produce. Smart services like land surveying, remote sensing and GPS tracking has enabled corporations to aim for better produce and has helped insurance companies better assess situations.

    IOT SET TO INFLUENCE DANGER ADMINISTRATION AND CLIMATE INSURANCE COVERAGE SECTOR IN A ‘HUGE’ MEANS
    December 30, 2015 | DQINDIA ONLINE
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    Huge knowledge evaluation has turn out to be an important a part of enterprise planning within the current occasions. Gathering in depth info by way of progressive technological means and analyzing it has enabled corporations and governments to not solely function effectively however construct sustainable methods for the longer term. The power to mix and calculate knowledge has given firms the power to realize useful insights about totally different features which impression profitability of ventures. Huge knowledge has proved instrumental in spurring sectors reminiscent of agricultural insurance coverage and danger administration. Corporations can now analyze knowledge and implement extra sustainable methods thus minimizing dangers.

    Climate insurance coverage and danger administration has come as a boon to agriculture in India. The agricultural sector employs the biggest share of India’s workforce however has seen its GDP share deplete progressively in current occasions (17% as of 2014). Sustainable climate insurance coverage schemes and injury management planning in case of blights and droughts have helped each farmers in fields and types in markets obtain a extra danger free and viable surroundings. Producers like PEPSICO and Bayer Inc. have been capable of collaborate with farmers in an effort to deal with agricultural hazards and improve yield of their uncooked materials assets.

    Danger administration companies by means of massive knowledge analytics have been capable of present safety towards unexpected climatological based mostly dangers for companies. They assist farmers enhance soil high quality, revive from pure disasters, and achieve enough information and assets for a greater produce. Ushering in of massive knowledge analytics in India has now been made simpler via the very reasonably priced cloud storage providers initiated by international tech giants like IBM, Microsoft and Amazon. Storage of knowledge in cloud is a handy solution to make assortment, entry and evaluation of massive knowledge throughout sectors a actuality in India.

    Risk Management & Weather Insurance 2016: IOT set to impact the sector in a ‘Big’ way
    Dec 29, 2015 | The Hans India | DQ India | APN News | Rediff RealTime News
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    Big Data analysis has become a crucial part of business planning in the recent times. Gathering extensive information through innovative technological means and analyzing it has enabled companies and governments to not only operate efficiently but build sustainable strategies for the future.
    The ability to combine and calculate data has given corporations the ability to gain valuable insights about different aspects which impact profitability of ventures. Big Data has proved instrumental in spurring sectors such as Agricultural Insurance and Risk Management. Companies can now analyze data and implement more sustainable strategies thus minimizing risks.

    Weather Insurance and risk management has come as a boon to agriculture in India. The Agricultural sector employs the largest share of India’s workforce but has seen its GDP share deplete gradually in recent times (17% as of 2014). Sustainable weather insurance schemes and damage control planning in case of blights and droughts have helped both farmers in fieldsand brands in markets achieve a more risk free and viable environment. Manufacturers like PEPSICO and Bayer Inc. have been able to collaborate with farmers in order to tackle agricultural hazards and increase yield of their raw material resources. Risk management firms through big data analytics have been able to provide security against unforeseenclimatological based risks for corporations. They help farmers improve soil quality, revive from natural disasters, and gain adequate knowledge and resources for a better produce.

    India based Weather Risk Management Services securing smiles against climate change with its services
    Dec 29, 2015 | corecommunique.com
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    It all started back in 2003, when Sonu Agrawal founded this concept while he was working with an insurance company. He moved out and established Weather Risk Management Services [Weather Risk/WRMS] along with his partner Anuj Kumbhat and launched custom designed products in partnership with several insurance companies.

    “The entire world is talking about the potential losses due to climate change. However,a new concept called weather insurance to cover such lossesis being talked about world over and will be taken up in COP 21, Paris.WRMS introduced this concept in India. Today over 30 million farmers in India are covered under weather based insurance programs. Several countries in Africa and Asia are now following the example set in India by WRMS. Today WRMS is implementing weather insurance programs in Bangladesh, Cambodia and South Africa.” said Sonu Agrawal, Founder and Managing Director of WRMS.

    WRMS uses automated weather station and other devices developed in collaboration with leading experts at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Indian Institute of Science and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, to gather data. This data is then used to help insurance companies design weather insurance policies for comprehensive management against climate change and weather catastrophe.

    नयी वेदर इंश्योरेंस बीमा पोलिसी का शुभारम्भ
    December 25, 2015 | Gurgaon Mail/BUREAU, Gurgaon
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    २००३ में जब सोनू अग्रवाल ने इस अवधारणा की स्थापना की जब वे एक बीमा कंपनी के साथ काम कर रहे थे । उन्होंने अपने साझेदार अनुज कुम्भट के साथ वेदर रिस्क मैनेजमेंट सर्विसेज मौसम जोखिम प्रबंधन सेवाओं की शुरुआत की तथा कई बीमा कम्पनयों के साथ साजेदारी में विशेष रूप से डिज़ाइन किये गए उत्पादों का लांच किया .........

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    Weather Risk Management Services securing smiles against climate change
    Dec 16, 2015 | DQW Bureau
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    India, Dec. 16 -- WRMS introduced Weather Insurance designed to combat climate change in India

    It all started back in 2003, when Sonu Agrawal founded this concept while he was working with an insurance company. He moved out and established Weather Risk Management Services [Weather Risk/WRMS] along with his partner Anuj Kumbhat and launched custom designed products in partnership with several insurance companies.

    "The entire world is talking about the potential losses due to climate change. However,a new concept called weather insurance to cover such losses is being talked about world over and will be taken up in COP 21, Paris. WRMS introduced this concept in India. Today over 30 million farmers in India are covered.

    जलवायु परिवर्तन के कारण होने वाली आपदाओ के लिए अपनी सेवाएं देगा वेदर रिस्क मैनेजमेंट सर्विसेज
    December 3, 2015 | Human India/BUREAU, New Delhi
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    इसकी शुरुआत साल २००३ में हुई जब सोनू अग्रवाल ने इस अवधारणा की स्थापना की जब वे एक बीमा कंपनी के साथ काम कर रहे थे । उन्होंने अपने साझेदार अनुज कुभत के साथ वेदर रिस्क मैनेजमेंट सर्विसेज (मौसम जोखिम प्रबंधन सेवाओं - डब्लू आर एम एस ) की सुरुआत की तथा कई बीमा कंपनी के साथ साझेदारी में विशेष रूप से डिज़ाइन किये गए उत्पादों को लांच किया .........

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    WRMS introduced Weather Insurance designed to combat climate change in India
    December 3, 2015 | DQW NEWS BUREAU, New Delhi
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    It all started back in 2003, when Sonu Agrawal founded this concept while he was working with an insurance company. He moved out and established Weather Risk Management Services [Weather Risk/ WRMS] along with his partner Anuj Kumbhat and launched custom designed products in partnership with several insurance companies.

    The entire world is talking about the potential losses due to climate change. However, a new concept called weather insurance to cover such losses is being talked about world over and will be taken up in COP 21, Paris. WRMS introduced this concept in India. Today over 30 million farmers in India are covered under weather based insurance programs. Several countries in Africa and Asia are now following .........

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    New Insurance Product Gives Rice Farmers a Break
    October 15, 2015 | Khmer Times, Cambodia
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    Farmers hit by drought in Battambang this year are already benefitting from a new crop insurance product for rice farmers introduced by Forte Insurance, with at least 60 families in two districts of the country’s main rice-growing province collecting payments so far.

    Soum Soth, a 48-year-old father of six in Banan district’s Snoeng village, told Khmer Times that he bought the insurance from Forte in July after a company representative visited the village to promote the product. Two months later his rice fields were hit by drought, damaging almost all of his seedlings, he said.........

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    Yields that weather many risks
    August 14, 2015 |The Hindu, Chennai
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    It was no small challenge that a few IIT students took on when they left their jobs in 2004.They wanted to help farmers adapt to climate change and profit in the process too.and at 39, Sonu Agrawal from IIT-Kanpur is quite pleased with that leap forward.

    As managing director of Weather Risk, which promises security against climate change, he has 150 people working with farmers in 15 states to optimise crop production,guard against weather patterns,access credit and insurance, and be part of a supply chain........

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    Safal Farmer Conference
    June 13, 2015 | New Delhi
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    Safal, the flagship brand of Mother Dairy Fruit and Vegetable Pvt. Ltd. today concluded 'All India Farmers Meet' in New Delhi. This year’s attraction was to apprise farmers on how to mitigate various weather risks involved in farming and ways to crop safety due to such impacts. The daylong event saw overwhelming participation from around 200 farmers across 12 states.

    Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Pradipta Kumar Sahoo, Business Head, Horticulture, Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable Pvt. Ltd. said, "Safal Farmer Meet is an effort to benefit every stakeholder related to........

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    पोली हाउस पर सेमिनार का आयोजन
    March 06, 2015 | Sekhpura Polyhouse, Karnal, Haryana
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    गांव शेखपुरा में किसानो द्वारा पोली हाउस में की जा रही सब्जिओं की खेती को रोगो से रोकने व बीमा सम्बन्धी जानकारी क लिए एक सेमिनार का आयोजन किया गया। सेमिनार में वेदर रिस्क नामक कंपनी ने किसानो को मौसम सम्बन्धी ,कृषि सम्बन्धी रोगो व कृषि बीमा की जानकारी दी।

    वीरवार को शेखपुरा के किसान दीपक खटखड के खेत में कंपनी के अधिकारी सोनू अग्रवाल ने बताया की फसलो में बीमारी आने व मौसम परिवर्तन की मार पड़ने के कारण किसानो की फसल ख़राब हो जाती हे। जिससे किसानो को ...........

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    XLRI NABARD - Rural Innovation Award 2014
    Nov 02, 2014
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    XLRI Jamshedpur and the National Bank of Agricultural and Rural Development(NABARD), the apex in financial inclusion, conducted a national level felicitation- Innovation4Impact(i4i), awarding innovators and social entrepreneurs who have made a difference to the life at the bottom of the pyramid by enhancing access to finance.

    The competition awarded seven successful models involving livelihood initiatives with finance, Kolkata based microfinance institution Bandhan ...........

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    Current ENSO Status in Pacific Ocean
    March 20, 2014
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    The central and eastern Pacific Ocean is currently experiencing borderline La Niña conditions. The dynamical and statistical models, however, indicate that El Niño conditions are likely to develop through the summer 2014. The models are predicting about 50% chance for El Niño conditions developing six months from now.

    Scientists define ENSO state using an index derived from sea-surface temperatures (SSTs) in a specific region in the equatorial Pacific Ocean that indicates whether ENSO is in a warm (El Niño), cool (La Niña), or neutral ...........

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    A Looming drought is manageable. Long-term changes to the monsoon might be catastrophic
    July 28, 2012 | DASNA, UTTAR PRADESH
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    THE dizzying midday heat of India’s northern plains cracks the earth. Farmers slump on the charpoys on which they sleep outdoors. It should be raining, yet the sky is clear. Prithi Singh, lean and wrinkled, says his entire rice crop has withered, along with fields sown for fodder.

    After two summers of erratic and delayed monsoons, this year the rains simply failed. Mr Singh cannot afford to pay for a borehole, generator and diesel to reach ever-diminishing groundwater. Farmers always grumble. But Mr Singh has lost half of his annual income of 50,000 rupees ($890) and now depends upon his crop of winter wheat. Another farmer nearby fears he must sell his land to pay ...........

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