Following the standard operating procedures (SOP) from the Government of India on the application of drones in agriculture, India’s leading agrochemical company, Dhanuka Agritech is planning to make large investments to promote the use of drone technology in the agriculture sector as part of its efforts to boost crop production in the country.
“Modern technology like drones will play a pivotal role in transforming India’s agricultural sector and holds the key for uplifting the condition of farmers and increasing agricultural productivity,” said RG Agarwal, Group Chairman, Dhanuka Agritech while addressing a press conference on the theme of ‘Transforming India Through Agriculture’ in Nagpur, Maharashtra recently.
“Dhanuka is also adopting and encouraging modern agriculture technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and precision agriculture along with cutting-edge crop protection technology in a big way,” he added.
The company harps on empowering farmers and breaking the technology fatigue and has joined hands with Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar for the same purpose and doing more such tie-ups.
Agarwal pointed out that the crop productivity and production in China is much higher than in India although the area under cultivation in the two countries is almost at similar levels.
“Although there is hardly any difference in the area under cultivation between India and China, the farm sector output of China is three times higher. Productivity is high in China mainly because it uses quality inputs. On the other hand, a large chunk of spurious products is used in India resulting in lower productivity and production,” he said.
“There is utmost need to adopt technology in the agriculture segment and drone technology will have an extremely important role in the future particularly in spraying pesticides,” Agarwal said.
Usage of drones in spraying pesticides will help in optimal usage of crop protection molecules, reduce the requirement of water and time for application. It will also reduce manpower requirements, thus helping in limiting exposure to hazardous chemicals, he said.
True to its vision of ‘Transforming India Through Agriculture’, Dhanuka Agritech has been at the forefront of adopting new technologies,” Agarwal said.
The company is present across the country via 39 warehouses and a network of eight branch offices catering to 6,500 distributors and around 75,000 dealers.
SOP for use of drones in agriculture
Last week, the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India, has released the standard operating procedures (SOP) for use of drones in agricultural practices such as pesticide application for crop protection and for spraying soil and crop nutrients. This policy framework has opened the way for the application of drone technology in farming practice.
The SOP for drone regulation for pesticide application covers important aspects like statutory provisions, flying permissions, area distance restrictions, weight classification, overcrowded areas restriction, drone registration, safety insurance, piloting certification, operation plan, air flight zones, weather conditions, SOPs for pre, post and during operation, emergency handling plan.
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