ISLAMABAD : Rs  45m will be spent in f2013-14 for monitoring of crops through satellite technology. According to Finance Ministry sources, during 2013-14, besides acquisition and processing of satellite data for area and production estimates of crops, surveys for field verification of satellite image data will also be carried out. Second phase of this project was launched in 2009 to monitor the crops through satellite technology. In the outgoing fiscal year, around Rs 74m were utilized against the cost of Rs. 165.7m for this project.

Besides releasing crops statistics, Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) is also issuing a monthly web-based crop forecasting bulletin covering all major developments and issues related to agriculture and allied disciplines.

It also monitored 2012 floods with special reference to agriculture damages through satellite remote sensing and GIS technology.