Goa to promote projects related to remote sensing applications

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Panaji, Aug 27 (UNI) Goa government is poised to promote several ambitious projects in application of remote sensing technology, state Science and Technology Minister Churchill Alemao said here today.

The projects include mitigating specific environmental problems, recommending appropriate cropping/plantation patterns in newly irrigated areas, afforestation of wastelands, zoning atlas for locating industries in the state and estimation of agricultural production through satellite data.

The minister placed this information in the state Legislative Assembly in reply to an unstarred question of Anant V Shet during question hour on the schemes undertaken by the state S &T department for the development of Goa.

The department had taken up projects for land degradation mapping/waste land mapping besides Integrated Coastal and Marine Area Management project in collaboration with the department of Ocean Development, Government of India.

The Goa S &T department is also involved in installing space museum exhibits acquired from the Department of Space as part of its drive to educate the masses including students on various space programmes and applications.

The state had already acquired and commissioned the Geographical Information System (GIS) and Digital Image Processing hardware and software obtained from the Department of Space for remote sensing applications and national resource inventory scheme database projects, Alemao said.

It had also undertaken the Integrated Mission for Sustainable Development (IMSD) project by interacting with the district collectorates and respective line departments such as water resources, rural development, industries, mines, PWD, agriculture and forest.

The department was also considering a scheme to give grants for setting up R&D units in the state to promote private investments in frontier fields like nanotechnology, IT, Pharma, Medical Sciences and nutrition.

The scheme will be implemented in collaboration with the Directorate of Industries, Trade and Commerce (DITC), National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa University and Department of Agriculture, he added.

This apart, the department had been undertaking various activities for promoting and popularising science and technology in the state among students, scientific and technical personnel, institutions and the general public through funding.

The other activities included holding of science competitions, workshops, exhibitions and observation of National Science Day.

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