The Haryana government will soon launch a programme to train unemployed youth on how to use drones for agricultural practices. According to the Haryana agriculture minister, Jai Prakash Dalal, the state is prepared to assist the farmers however they see fit so that the agricultural sector grows.
“In Haryana, we have carried out innovations and are identifying each household to help farmers improve their financial status based on their skills,” Dalal said in his address to the “11th Agrochemicals Conference 2022,” organised by FICCI in association with Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals and Department of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India in New Delhi on Thursday. To close the socio-economic divide is our goal, he said.
Dalal emphasised the overuse of fertilisers and chemicals in farming, saying, “The average use of fertilisers and chemicals in Punjab and Haryana is much higher than that in the rest of the country. Over the permitted limit, farmers are using more chemicals. He encouraged the sector to step up and educate and train farmers on the proper dosage of fertilisers to be used in farming.
The minister added, “Our aim is to boost the purchasing power of farmers and improve their financial situation,” noting that the nation would advance as the farmer did.
“The agrochemical industry plays a key role in enhancing agricultural land by minimising losses due to pests,” said Susanta Kumar Purohit, Joint Secretary (Chemicals), Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Government of India. The use of agrochemicals in greater quantities while adhering to international regulations for residue levels required for agricultural exports will play a significant role in increasing productivity.
In addition, “the agrochemical sector has the ability to directly contribute to the expansion of the economy while becoming into a centre for the manufacture and export of agrochemicals globally,” he said.
Amber Dubey, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, emphasised the growing use of drones in agriculture and said, “We are passionate about the drone sector and we have to assist this industry since the ultimate advantage of this lies with consumers. On the Digital Sky platform, a list of every drone and its UIN is available. A type certificate is also granted to drone systems.
The necessity of the hour is to embrace drones, said Dubey. “Drone is as crucial a technology as the mobile phone was during its advent.”
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