Agri Ministry to come out with SOPs for use of drones

Joseph B. Hash

The Agriculture Ministry strategies to appear out with regular operating protocols (SOPs) for the use of drones to spray pesticides and vitamins, a senior official mentioned on Friday. “Very before long, we will be coming out with SOPs for use of drones for spraying pesticides and vitamins, so that they […]

The Agriculture Ministry strategies to appear out with regular operating protocols (SOPs) for the use of drones to spray pesticides and vitamins, a senior official mentioned on Friday.

“Very before long, we will be coming out with SOPs for use of drones for spraying pesticides and vitamins, so that they can be employed for wider purposes by farmers and other stakeholders,” mentioned Shomita Biswas, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture.

Biswas was addressing a convention on Digital and Precision Agriculture, organised by the CII Southern Region on Friday. The Union federal government has a short while ago notified Drone guidelines, 2021. “The drone engineering is a important place and we also want this to be employed in agriculture,” Biswas mentioned.

Drones are being employed for spraying vitamins and pesticides, but with no the element of artificial intelligence and details analytics. The sector must work in the direction of generating this precision agriculture-similar, although using treatment of factors these types of as security, stability and efficacy, she mentioned.

As the original charge of making use of these types of engineering is extremely superior, Biswas prompt that the sector work out some plan or business enterprise product so that it can be employed in the fields. Though leveraging the farmer producer organisations (FPOs) for use of the engineering, the sector must seem at a public personal partnership and target on skill building to make the engineering work for farmers, she mentioned.

Having PPP route

Biswas also referred to as on the sector to indigenously acquire components to cut down the dependency on imports.

Though stating that mechanisation and precision agriculture has direct impression on efficiency, other than minimizing drudgery, Biswas mentioned India desires higher software of precision farming technologies which are economically viable. This sort of technologies are also important to draw in rural youth to agriculture and make it extra sustainable.

Farmers have been making use of equipments these types of as laser levellers, pneumatic seed drills and drip irrigation amid others, but there is a need for innovators and start-ups to acquire technologies that are scalable and straightforward to use, she mentioned.

C Anandharamakrishnan, Director, NIFTEM, Thanjavur, stressed the need to minimise the wastage in food manufacturing, a large challenge, making use of precision technologies. Anil Kumar Venkat Epur, Chairman, CII, Southern Region Agri, Foods processing, Animal Agriculture Sub Committee, prompt the need for a robust public personal partnerships to choose the engineering gains to the farmers.

S Chandramohan, Co-Chairman, CII SR Agri, Foods Processing, Animal Agriculture Sub-committee Director, mentioned the uptake of digital technologies in agriculture is gradual predominantly due to the segregated smallholder farms in the state, which would make details accumulating a challenging action. Confined percolation of mechanisation resources and recurring purely natural phenomenon like floods and droughts have also worked versus the deployment of digital options in the sector.

Additionally, details of distinctive areas, marketplaces, soil type and weather amid others is desired to make a viable sophisticated digital engineering, Chandramohan, also Group President (Finance & Investment decision) TAFE Ltd, mentioned.

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