Hyderabad: Agricultural scientist and Vemulawada MLA Chennamaneni Ramesh strongly felt that woes of agriculturists with regard to monsoon prediction could only be solved through a collaborative trans-disciplinary approach. He suggested that scientists should propose a collaborative research project and seek the assistance of the government in its implementation.
Ramesh participated in a workshop on ‘Monsoon Prediction in Central India under Climate Change’ organised at Water Technology Centre of Prof Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU) in Rajendranagar on Tuesday.
Delivering keynote address on the occasion, Prof Elena Surovyatkina, who leads a project on monsoon prediction for Central India at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), presented the findings of her research. Her findings were discussed among the researchers of the university on the utilisation and improvement of the predictions for agricultural planning in the State.
The new method, using the ‘tipping elements approach’, predicted the onset and withdrawal of the present and previous monsoons about 40 and 70 days in advance respectively. While conventionally, the monsoon prediction is delivered for the onset in Kerala, the new methods are able to predict for Central India, including Telangana. Scientists agreed that the prediction system should be further developed to generate agricultural advisories through Indo-German collaborative research across multiple disciplines.
PJTSAU Director of Extension D Raji Reddy emphasised the importance of predicting the sustenance of monsoon besides the onset as it is more important for planning important agricultural operations. Director of Research R Jagadeeshwar also spoke on the occasion.