TNAU sets up Automatic Weather Stations

TNAU sets up Automatic Weather Stations

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore, has established Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) in 20 blocks in Salem district primarily to help farmers face “abnormal” weather conditions for better crop management.

The scheme, executed under the National Agriculture Development Programme (NADP) at a cost of Rs. 6.55 lakh in the district, will not only provide vital inputs on actual physical changes in climate locally, so that the farmers can be well prepared against heavy odds and for better crop yield, but also to create a real time data base for deeper studies on climate changes deep in rural pockets with TNAU functioning as a centralised store house for data collection.

The equipment has ultrasonic sensor, air temperature and relative humidity sensors, solar radiation and leaf wetness sensors, rain gauge and atmospheric temperature metres and soil temperature and soil moisture metres.

The farmers can receive weather inputs such as wind direction and speed, humidity, atmospheric temperature, solar radiation, rainfall, soil temperature and moisture etc. “The AWS will immensely benefit the farmers,” said Collector J. Chandrakumar who inspected one at Konkanapuram village.