There is an urgent need to create mechanisms to empower widows in Yavatmal and Vidarbha, and give them the support they need to pick up the pieces of their lives and move forward. However, such initiatives are rare. One of the few such projects for the welfare of the helpless women is run by Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) and its sister organization Sampada Trust.
We are delighted to inform you that WOTR was recently felicitated by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on the occasion of IMD’s 144th foundation day celebrations on January 15, 2019. Our Managing Trustee and co-founder Crispino Lobo received the felicitation on behalf of WOTR.
The felicitation was for WOTR’s contribution in the development of an IT-enabled Agrimet Decision Support System (Agrimet-DSS) which enables IMD to automate the process of generating block level weather-based crop advisories. The Chief Guest at the ceremony was the Honorable Union Minister for Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Government of India Dr. Harsh Vardhan, while the guest of honour was Distinguished Vikram Sarabhai Professor, Former Secretary DoS and former Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation Dr. A.S. Kiran Kumar. The ceremony was presided over by Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences Government of India Dr. Madhavan Nair Rajeevan. WOTR has now been working on a farm-level weather-based advisory provisioning system.