Maharashtra plans radio station for farmers to help them cope with climate change


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Aurangabad: The Maharashtra State Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices is planning to launch a dedicated community radio channel to educate farmers about climate change and help them solve their problems.

A panel of experts on the radio station will try to resolve the problems faced by farmers, commission chairman Pasha Patel told PTI, adding that the necessary permits had been taken to start the channel by the end. of the year.

The radio station will be based in Lodaga village in Latur district, he said.

“Climate change is a major problem for the agricultural sector in Maharashtra as well as in the country. Our state has experienced a gloomy climate for the past two months. We saw heavy monsoon rains in Satara and Sangli and post-monsoon showers damaged crops in the Marathwada region, ”Patel noted.

The new radio station will broadcast talks on climate change and related issues, he said.

“We have obtained the necessary approvals and plan to launch the channel by the end of the year,” Patel said.

To deal with the problems of farmers, the commission will form a committee of five to six members, made up of experts from Krishi Vigyan Kendras, the state agriculture department and private companies working in the field of agriculture. and technology, he said.

“We are in talks with a Delhi-based company to set up the radio station in Lodaga. We will study the problems related to climate change around the world and try to find a solution. Our team will ensure that these solutions reach farmers, ”he added.

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