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Forecasting Sugarcane Production at Mill Command Area in
                       Maharashtra Using Satellite Remote Sensing & Ground based


                  Project  is  proposed  with  an  overall  goal  to  forecast  sugarcane  biomass  using  the
                  satellite  remote  sensing  and  ancillary  information.  Many  methods  are  in  use  to
                  estimate  the  sugarcane  biomass  production  based  on  the  field  survey,  ground
                  sampling,  crop  simulation  model  and  spectral  model  with  remotely  sensed  input.
                  Each method has advantages and drawbacks. Hence all the existing methodology for
                  yield estimation at spatial and regional scale will be compared and the best method
                  will be suggested for implementation. The sugarcane fields in India are characterized
                  by highly variable climatic conditions, soil types and farming practices. It is proposed
                  to assess the Sugar Cane area and other features of Sugar Cane by utilizing Remote
                  Sensing  Technology  for  Maharashtra  using  Remote  Sensing  and  Ground  based
                  observations. The Sugarcane area will be derived at cadastral level using time series
                  data,  which  would  contain  information  related  to  different  growth  stages  of
                   1.  To map and assess the different growth stages of Sugarcane area at cadastral
                       and mill catchment level of two sugar mills of Maharashtra.

                   2.  To develop mill-specific model for above ground biomass for crushable cane.

                   3.  To estimate area, yield and production for micro-zones within mill catchment.


               Following stepwise components will be fallowed in the methodology-

                  (i) Selection of study sites and base-map preparation
                  (ii)Field survey and data collection
                  (iii)Crop discrimination for area estimation
                  (iv) Crop condition assessment
                  (v) Development of model for above ground biomass (AGB)

               Completion Status (Progress): Ongoing


                     •  Mill catchment wise crop map at cadastral level.
                     •  Biomass map of sugarcane crop.
                     •  Acreage, yield and production statistics.


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