A new weather forecast app named Varuna has been launched by the Andhra Pradesh government with a view to help the farmers of the state. The app operates on the latest satellite and groundwater technologies and weather forecasts and other relevant information from the state’s weather weather stations which are directly fed to them from various European and American agencies as well as ISRO.
Varuna is surely going to be a very helpful app for the farmers what with its accuracy on parameters like temperature, humidity, speed of the wind and rainfall. The uniqueness of this app is further accentuated with the fact that it gives information about the groundwater position in real time for 1255 groundwater stations up to 1299 micro basins. Mr. Devineni Umamaheshwar Rao, the Minister of Water Resources for the state said that this Android app can be easily downloaded from the Google Play store and will be advertised in the state during the 90 day long water conservation drive that the CM of Andhra Pradesh is to launch on 15th April 2017.
Termed as “Andhra Pradesh Varuna”, people can find this app in the Google Play store. The app description in the play store states that Real Time Command and Communication center of Andhra Pradesh along with the Planning Department, Technology Partner Vassar Labs and ISRO SHAR plan to use this app to make use of the ground water peizometers and high density automatic weather stations that are installed across the state along with the weather related data that is sent to it by ISRO to provide accurate information about rainfall, temperature, humidity and speed of the wind across AP.
As of now, this app is available only on Google Play. However, it will soon be launched on iOS as well. The state government is also looking forward to using satellite technology for improving rainwater harvesting in the areas that have poor facilities of irrigation.
Mr. A Nageshwar Rao, a senior scientist of Andhra Pradesh Space Application Center said that the ideal locations for the 20000 checkdams that the state plans to launch were also identified using the satellite technology. He further added that conducting physical survey could take years. However, thanks to the satellite technology they have been able to formulate a plan well before the rainy season.