Monitoring of watershed projects, especially in remote villages will now be improved with the use of satellite technology and web page.

Facilitating this is an MoU signed between the NABARD and the NRSC, Hyderabad recently. The project will begin with the web-based monitoring of Indo-German Watershed Development (IGWDP) projects in 3 states namely Gujarat, Rajasthan and Telangana.

Also under its ambit are the NABARD assisted watershed projects under Watershed Development Fund (WDF), in Madhya Pradesh.

As per the MoU, the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) will create a separate web page for NABARD on its BHUVAN portal, develop customized software tool and mobile application for real time monitoring, online comparison and visualization with respect to activities implemented in the projects.

Going forward, the role of remote sensing, GIS and GPS technologies in monitoring and digitization of agriculture and rural development projects will also be explored further.