Weather Based Agromet Advisory Bulletin                                

Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa

(Applicable for Delhi and NCR)

Division of Agricultural Physics

ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute

PUSA, New Delhi – 110 012 (Weather Advisory)

Year 24, No: - 06/2017-18/Fri.         Time: 2.30 PM                               Date: 21st April,2017

Weather during current week (From 15th to 21st April,2017)  

     Clear weather conditions were observed during the last week.The maximum temperature ranged between 39.8°C and 43.2°C (weekly normal 36.1°C).The minimum temperature ranged between 18.4°C and 22.6°C (weekly normal 19.7°C). Relative humidity at 7.21 AM ranged between 56 and 84 per cent and that at 2.21 PM ranged between 35 and 42 per cent. The average bright sunshine hour during the week was 9.5 hours per day (weekly normal 9.1 hours). The average wind speed recorded was 4.5 km/h (normal 4.6 km/h). Mean evaporation rate during the period was 7.3 mm/day (weekly normal 8.8 mm/day). Wind during morning was mostly calm and afternoon it was from different directions.

Weather Forecast for next five days received from India Meteorological Department, Regional Meteorological Centre, Agromet Advisory Unit, Lodhi Road, New Delhi is given below:


  Weather parameter/ Date






Rainfall (mm)






Maximum Temperature (°C)






Minimum Temperature (°C)






Average Cloud Cover (Okta)






Maximum RH. (%)






Minimum RH. (%)






Average Wind Speed( kmph)






Predominant Wind direction






Cumulative Rainfall (mm)

                         1.0 mm

Special Weather

Duststorm / thunderstorm is likely to occur at over

Delhi NCR on 22nd April, 2017.


















Weather based Agro-Advisories (for the period ending on 26th April, 2017)

Advisory based on advices received from the subject matter specialists of agro-advisory committee:


1.      Keeping temperature in view, Farmers are advised for frequent irrigation in vegetables nurseries and orchards. Farmers are also advised to protect vegetables nurseries and orchards against hot winds by physical barrier and shed net.

2.       Before storage, grains should be properly cleaned and it should be dried to the recommended level of moisture content(less than 12%). Godowns should be properly cleaned by removing all the grains and other storage matter of previous crop. Cracks and crevices of the walls should be cleaned and repaired and whitewashing should be done. Those who can afford are advised to spray 0.5 % malathion solution and keep the chamber closed for 7-8 days. The gunny bags should be dried in the sun so that eggs and pupating stages of insects as well as inoculum of diseases get destroyed.

3.      Sowing of summer green gram is advised in those fields where harvesting of rabi crop is over. Variety: - Pusa Visal, Pusa Ratna, Pusa 5931, Pusa Baisakhi, PDM-11, SML-32, SML-668, Samrat. Seed treatment with crop specific Rhizobium culture as well as phosphorus solubilishing bacteria is also advised. Farmers are advised to ensure proper moisture before sowing for optimum germination.

4.      After harvesting of Rabi crops farmers are advised for deep ploughing of fields. Because high temperature helps in destroying the eggs and pupating stages of insects and weed seeds.

5.      After harvesting of Rabi crops farmers are advised to test their soil from certified agencies and to do laser leveling in their field if required.

6.      For green manure, sowing of green gram, cluster bean, senai, gwar etc may be done during this week. Seed rate for sanai is 60-70 kilogram and that of dhaicha is 50-60 kilogram per hectare. For adequate germination proper moisture should be maintained.

7.      Sowing of fodder crops (gwar, maize, bajra, and cluster bean) may be done during this week. Adequate moisture should be maintained for maximum germination of seeds. Sowing should be done at a depth of 3-4 cm and at row to row spacing of 25-30 cm.

8.      Field preparation should be done for sowing of pigeon pea and cotton in this week. Farmers are advised to procure good quality seeds from certified source.

9.      Harvesting of spinach should not be done by cutting but it should be uprooted and sent to market.

10.  Keeping in view of forecasted high temperature, farmers are advised for harvesting of mature vegetables at morning and evening and after harvesting of crops, keep it in the shade.

11.  Optimum moisture level should be maintained in cucurbitaceous crops by light and frequent irrigation as dry conditions may lead to poor pollination and thus drop in yield of the crop.

12.  After harvesting of mature okra application of urea @ 5-10 kg/ acre should be done. Constant monitoring of crop against attack of mite is advised. If population is above ETL then, spraying of Ethion @ 1.5-2 ml/litre of water is advised. Due to prevailing high temperature, light irrigation at short interval is advised.

13.  To control shoot and fruit borer in brinjaland tomato crops, infested fruits and shoots should be collected and buried inside the soil. If pest population is high, spraying of Spinosad 48 EC @ 1 ml /4 litres of water is advised.

14.  Farmers are advised to give light irrigation in the mature onion and garlic crops one week before digging.

 Members of Agro advisory Committee

Dr. Ananta Vashisth (Nodal Officer, Agril. Physics)

Dr. P. Krishnan (Head, Division of Agril. Physics)

Dr. Deb Kumar Das (Senior Scientist, Agril. Physics)

Dr. Subhash Chander (Principal Scientist, Entomology)

Dr. J.P.S.Dabas (Principal Scientist, CATAT)

Dr. B. S. Tomar (Head, Division of Vegetable Science)

Dr. Dinesh Kumar (Principal Scientist, Agronomy) 

Dr. P. Sinha (Principal Scientist, Plant Pathology)