Coffee planters in Karnataka's Kodagu region have formed an association that will update them on the weather pattern.
Called the Kodagu Technology Users Association, the group will soon be sending “Sonde” or balloon with helium gas and instruments to study the weather. In turn, this will help planters save input costs, especially to use sprinklers for irrigation.
“The balloon with weather equipment on board will give us a correct picture on chances of rain for the next four days or so. The data will be based on various parameters the balloon will detect,” said Mr Bose Mandanna, former Vice-President of the Coffee Board and a planter.
Data collected from the balloon along with data from the 25 automatic weather stations set up in Kodagu will be sent to the Madhapur station. Calculations will be done on various parameters and the interpretation will be sent to the Indian Space Research Organisation's research wings in Ahmedabad and near Tirupathi.
“The effort is to get weather predictions as accurate as possible and ISRO has agreed to help us,” said Mr Mandanna.
While the planters have all chipped in with money to fund this idea , ISRO will be helping them with equipment. “It has taken a long time for us to reach this stage. The first balloon is likely to go up on April 19,” said Mr Mandanna. (more)
This is a cool move, good job people!