Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar on 2 May 2022 inaugurated and addressed the convention on “Promoting Kisan Drones: Issues, Challenges and the Way Ahead” organized as a part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
The minister mentioned that the federal government is selling the usage of drones for the comfort of the farmers, lowering the fee and rising the earnings. For selling the usage of Kisan Drones, the federal government is offering 50% or most Rs. 5 lakh subsidy to SC-ST, small and marginal, girls and farmers of north-eastern states to purchase drones. For different farmers, monetary help will likely be given as much as 40% or most Rs.4 lakh, Tomar mentioned.
Talking concerning the multi-faceted use of drones in agriculture he mentioned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has initiated the usage of drones in agricultural actions within the wider curiosity of farmers. The Centre is selling the usage of ‘Kisan Drone’ for crop evaluation, digitization of land information, spraying of pesticides and vitamins for which provision has additionally been made within the funds. Modernization of the nation’s agricultural sector is on the agenda of the federal government led by PM Modi.
Govt offers 100% subsidy to purchase drones underneath SMAM scheme
Tomar added that to advertise use of drones in agriculture and make drone know-how inexpensive to the farmers and different stakeholders of this sector, financial help @ 100 % price of drones along with the contingent expenditure is prolonged underneath Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM) to the Farm Machinery Training & Testing Institutes, Institutions of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) and State Agricultural Universities (SAUs) for its demonstration on the farmer’s fields. Farmers Producers Organizations (FPOs) are given grants @ 75% for the acquisition of drones for its demonstration on the farmers’ fields.
In order to supply agricultural companies by means of drone utility, monetary help at 40% of the essential price of drone and its attachments or Rs.4 lakhs, whichever much less can also be supplied for drone buy by present and new Custom Hiring Centers (CHCs) underneath Cooperative Society of Farmers, Farmers Producer Organizations (FPOs) and Rural entrepreneurs.
The agriculture graduates establishing CHCs are eligible to obtain monetary help at 50% of the price of drone as much as a most Rs.5 lakhs.
In addition to the already recognized establishments for drone demonstration, different agricultural establishments of the state & central authorities, central public sector undertakings engaged in agricultural actions have additionally been introduced within the eligibility listing for monetary help for farmers’ drone demonstration.
Agriculture Ministry is providing help to the State Governments by means of a number of schemes to advertise agriculture throughout the nation and to extend the manufacturing and productiveness, apart from lowering the human labor related to varied agricultural actions. The Government can also be serving to farmers entry fashionable know-how to enhance the use effectivity of inputs resembling seeds, fertilizers and irrigation.
Kailash Choudhary, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare mentioned that this new know-how is aimed to succeed in increasingly more farmers, which is able to facilitate them, scale back the fee and enhance their earnings. Under this imaginative and prescient of Prime Minister, work is being achieved expeditiously underneath the steerage of Minister Tomar. During the assault of locust, the federal government had additionally promptly used drones and helicopters for rescue.
Source – PIB
First revealed on: 03 May 2022, 10:22 IST