According to a number of sources near the event, state governments in Karnataka, Haryana, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, and Madhya Pradesh are working with drone manufacturing corporations, farmer producer organisations, and state agriculture universities to roll out drones that can be utilized for fertiliser spraying within the subsequent two to a few months.
“State governments are aiming to take advantage of the central government’s 100 percent subsidy for the procurement of drones for agricultural purposes, and they want to boost efficiency and productivity by deploying drones,” a senior authorities official mentioned.
Drones for use for spraying fertilisers have already been examined in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Haryana, and farmer producer organisations in these areas are anticipated to start using the drones shortly, he added.
“Multiple models are being evaluated for the deployment of drones to be used by farmers,” mentioned one other authorities supply. “State government is also working with state institutions to familiarise farmers with the usage of drones.”
Drones can be bought by state agriculture universities or Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) institutes throughout the nation, he added, after which work with farmers to deploy drones on their fields.
According to authorities authorities, farmers would be capable to hire drones able to carrying a 10-kg payload for as little as Rs 350-450 per acre, based mostly on preliminary estimations.
“The figure is based on the expectation that a drone with numerous batteries will be used for at least six hours every day, covering around 30 acres of agriculture,” a second authorities supply defined.
In January, the central authorities permitted a one hundred pc subsidy to Agricultural Institutes for the procurement of drones for farming and associated operations as much as the price of Rs 10 lakh.
The authorities additionally declared that ‘Kisan’ drones will probably be utilised for crop assessments, digitalization of land data, and spraying of pesticides and fertilisers as a part of the Union Budget for 2022-23.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, in addition to the Central Insecticides Board and Registration Committee, gave interim clearance final week for the business use of drones to spray roughly 477 pesticides, fungicides, and plant development regulators.
First printed on: 28 Apr 2022, 10:33 IST