In a bid to execute a big farmer outreach programme across India and make farmers aware of the application of drones in farming activities, Syngenta India, accomplished a drone yatra in 13 states traversing 17,000 Km.
Highlighting the benefits of the application of drones in agriculture, Susheel Kumar, Managing Director, Syngenta India said, “Our service fees are comparable to what farmers spend on other spraying methods, but we offer many more advantages, such as uniform coverage and reach for all field crops, uniform water savings of up to 90 per cent compared to manual sprays, better residual control, reduced human exposure, and assurance of operator and farmer safety.”
Speaking on Syngenta’s drone yatra, Sachin Kamra, Head – Farmer-Centric Ecosystem, Syngenta India said, “Syngenta has prioritised using cutting-edge technologies to make agriculture lucrative for farmers. In order to demonstrate the use of drones in agriculture, particularly for spraying, which can help farmers save time and money, Syngenta has worked closely with a number of state governments. For some of the products, Syngenta has already secured label claims for drone use, while others are still in development. A DAAS (Drone-as-a-Service) business model is being used to expand drone services throughout India. Our commercial spray operations are currently active in five states; Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, and Madhya Pradesh.”
Over 15,000 farmers were informed of the best practices for using drones to spray agrochemicals during the drone yatra, which was launched from Syngenta India’s headquarters in Pune on July 15 of this year. This will save farmers’ time and money, which will ultimately increase their income. The drone yatra was attended by Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Culture, Government of India, along with Kamal Patel, Agriculture Minister of Madhya Pradesh and Surya Pratap Shahi, Agriculture Minister of Uttar Pradesh in their respective states.
Briefing on the drone yatra, Dr KC Ravi, Chief Sustainability Officer, Syngenta India, “Over 130 demonstrations to farmers were given during the Syngenta drone yatra with the goal of demonstrating the advantages of drone spraying in agriculture. In order to finish its almost 17,000 km journey throughout India, the drone yatra has now returned to Pune after travelling through Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, West Bengal, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.”
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