Mumbai : The government’s cloud seeding project has yielded positive results and, thanks to the artificial rain, crops on about four-lakh hectare of land have been saved in drought-prone areas. The project will continue till the end of September.
Agriculture minister Eknath Khadse said on Monday that the government’s cloud seeding project, worth Rs 27 crore, has yielded positive results in some of the drought-prone areas and it will continue till the end of September.
Earlier, the global tender issued for the project had received no response from companies and had to be reissued. Kyathi Climate Modification Consultants have been given the tender for the same.
“The cloud seeding project will go on for 200 hours over the next 90 days. The project does not guarantee rains, but we can’t stop trying,” said Khadse. As per the initial reports, the area where the experiment was performed has received rainfall ranging between 5 mm to 33 mm. “It is a positive sign, but we won’t be convinced until the end of the experiment,” he said.