India to realign crop planning as per changes in climate and rainfall pattern

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The Indian government is planning to review crop planting across the nation in order to align agricultural planning with changes in climate as well as variations in rainfall patterns.

The object of this exercise is to move towards precision agriculture with optimum water and nutrient usage through the conservation agriculture and mechanization, Economic Times reported.

“The step of realignment will increase our productivity and help select the right crop to plant,” said agriculture commissioner S K Malhotra.

He said India had divided the entire country into 20 Agro-Ecological Regions (AERs) in 1992.

“Now these 20 regions are compressed into 7 zones for better coordination and implementation of central schemes. We are charting out zone wise crop plan for scientific farming,” he said.