Ministry of Agriculture in India are employing Satellite imagery to facilitate crop insurance claims.
They seek to use imagery during the 2015-16 Rabi season to analyse crop yields and the crop losses caused by natural disasters. Hail is a particular problem for Indian farmers, crushing crops and ruining their yields. The use of satellite imagery should enable the rapid assessment of crop damage so that fair and accurate pay-outs are granted to the individuals which are affected, as soon as possible. This should help to minimise the impacts of poverty following crop destruction and a delayed pay-out.
Minister of State for Agriculture launched an Android-based application for assessing the large-scale damage to standing crop due to hailstorm. Farmers can download the app and send pictures to government officials using smartphones.
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