Science Target Conference Systems, Ajman 4th International Environment Conference 2016

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Towards sustainable agriculture using seasonal climate forecasts: A case study for Kabootarabad, Iran
Sayed Masoud Mostafavi Darani

Last modified: 2015-12-01

Abstract


Agricultural sector is highly dependent on weather and climate. During past decades significant improvements have been made in the climate prediction at seasonal to interannual timescales. Seasonal climate forecast as a scientific and relatively new tool, can help farmers and decision makers to improve agricultural production in a sustainable way. A timely seasonal climate forecast of favorable conditions could permit farmers to adjust cropping patterns and input use such as pesticides, fertilizers, fungicides in order to benefit fully from these conditions and protect the environment and public health. Advance information on likely production is also useful to bulk handling and marketing agencies that manage storage and transport logistics and export sales in the recently marketing environment, and to government in relation to policy interventions triggered by the degree of exceptional drought circumstances. In spite of the above mentioned importance, comparing to other three resources (soil, plant genetic material and water), climate has received far less attention in sustainable agriculture.