Radio channel soon to inform farmers about climate change

Radio channel soon to inform farmers about climate change Aurangabad, Nov 11 (PTI) The Maharashtra StateCommission for Agricultural Costs and Prices is planning tostart a dedicated community radio channel to inform farmersabout climate change and help in resolving their problems.

An expert panel on the radio channel will try toaddress the issues faced by farmers, the commission's chairmanPasha Patel told PTI, adding that necessary permissions havebeen taken to start the channel by this year-end.

The radio station will be based at Lodaga village inLatur district, he said.

'Climate change is a major problem for the agriculturesector in Maharashtra as well as in the country. Our state hasexperienced a moody climate in past two months. We saw heavymonsoon rains in Satara and Sangli and the post-monsoonshowers damaged crops in Marathwada region,' Patel noted.

The new radio channel will broadcast discussions onclimate change and problems related to it, he said.

'We have obtained the necessary permissions and areplanning to start the channel by this year-end,' Patel said.

To address the issues of cultivators, the commissionwill form a committee of five to six members, comprisingexperts from the Krishi Vigyan Kendras, state agriculturedepartment and private companies working in the field ofagriculture and technology, he said.

'We are in talks with a Delhi-based company to set upthe radio station at Lodaga. We will study the problemsrelated to climate change across the globe and try to find asolution. Our team will make sure that these solutions reachthe farmers,' he added. PTI AWGK GK