Amul signs MoU with ISRO for fodder acreage estimation
As per the MoU, ISRO will help Amul in classification of food crops and fodder crops at village level.
Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) on 30 May 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for fodder acreage assessment using the satellite observation and space technology.
Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation conducts its market operations under the brand name of 'Amul'.
As per the MoU, ISRO will help Amul in classification of food crops and fodder crops at village level and also locate suitable areas of current fallows and cultivable wastelands at village level for green fodder cultivation.
The milk producer farmers of Gujarat will get benefit of fodder cultivation by using this technology. The use of this technology will also help provide season wise remote sensing based estimates on area under fodder crop and cultivable wastelands for dissemination of information in the dairy sector.
Amul and Space Applications Centre (SAC) of ISRO had earlier carried out a joint project to establish that remote sensing is possible to assess green fodder availability for dairy livestock at district and village level through.
This is for the first time in India and probably in the world where Space research Organization and dairy cooperatives are working together to use satellite technology for fodder acreage estimation.
The growth of dairy animals is 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.
Fodder acreage estimation will act as a decision making tool for monitoring and planning of fodder development activities by the stakeholders in the dairy sector.
Amul is currently procuring around 150 lakh litres of milk daily from around 35 lakh milk producer members from over 18500 villages.