Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE: The gaps that exist in the livelihood of farmers should be bridged for lasting success of agro-meteorological services, said Kees Stigter, Founding President of the International Society for Agricultural Meteorology here.

Prof. Stigter was speaking on agro-meteorological services at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.

Such bridging of gap should be funded, organized and permanently evaluated through the training of intermediaries, he added.

Implementation of certain services like forecasting for land preparation, time of sowing, fertilizer application, plant population maintenance, irrigation scheduling, plant protection, weeding and risk management to enable farmers to improve their livelihood, were suggested by him.

The agro-meteorological services differed from one farmer to another.

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