Chennai, April 12, 2016: According to available reports, the Southwest monsoon this year is likely to be normal. Severe drought is however persisting in parts of Maharashtra where in a city like Latur, drinking water has become a luxury. Since the prediction for the forthcoming monsoon is good, we should initiate immediate action to prepare a Good Weather Code which will help us to optimise the benefits of good rainfall. The good weather code involves action on mobilising the necessary good quality seed resources and the needed soil nutrients. Pulses and millets which require less water and which are nutritious can be the crops of choice both from the point of view of nutritional needs and climate resilience. The good weather code can be prepared at the Panchayat level and can be popularised through trained climate risk managers. Maximising the benefits of good monsoon and minimising the adverse impact of unfavourable weather should be our twin strategy for sustainable agriculture. The preparation of good weather codes with farmer’s participation should be completed in April so that it can be implemented from May onwards.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.