Through the identification of the relationship between ENSO phase based on extended reconstructed SSTs and seasonal observed weather for a small and agriculturally homogeneous region, the utility of climate forecasts in agricultural decision-making options has been established for a scarce rainfall region in Andhra Pradesh, India. Since ENSO phase analyses is the simplest method for identifying the forecast skill for the region, we used this study as a preliminary approach to sensitize farmers for seasonal climate forecast based crop management options evaluation. However the optimal crop management options presented in the study are limited and several other cropping options need to be explored.

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