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IoTechWorld Avigation partners with MPKV to develop RPTO and promote agri drones

IoTechWorld will be the technical partner in setting up of Remote Pilot Training Organization (RPTO) for agricultural drones with MPKV, which in turn will help reduce drone pilot shortage in the country
IoTechWorld Avigation partners with MPKV to develop RPTO and promote agri drones
IoTechWorld Avigation partners with MPKV to develop RPTO and promote agri drones

Leading agri-drone manufacturer IoTechWorld Avigation has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth (Agriculture University), Rahuri, Maharashtra to promote the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to boost farm productivity in the country.

The MoU was signed by Dr. PN Rasal, Dean (F/A) & Director of Instructions, on behalf of the university, while Anoop Kumar Upadhyay, Co-Founder & Director signed on the behalf of IoTechWorld Avigation.

Through this partnership, IoTechWorld Avigation and MPKV aim to work collectively in science and technology and promote the use of drones in agriculture.

Speaking at the occasion, Upadhyay said his company and the university will also work on joint educational and research and development projects to build a modern and sustainable smart agricultural system.

IoTechWorld will be the technical partner in setting up of Remote Pilot Training Organization (RPTO) for agricultural drones with MPKV, which in turn will help reduce drone pilot shortage in the country, he added. As per government estimates, India will require at least one lakh drone pilots by next year.

Highlighting the collaboration, Deepak Bhardwaj, Director, IoTech World said, “The tie-up with an institution like MPKV will help us promote research activities and promotion of drones in agriculture. Together we are going to work for the promotion of drone technology for the betterment of Indian agriculture.”

The use of drones in agriculture is going to change the lives of farmers as these aerial robots can significantly boost farm output, Bhardwaj added.

“Use of drones in agriculture is very helpful for farmers as these aerial robots help them save money and time. Another objective of the MoU with MPKV Agricultural University is to develop a smart agricultural system. IoTechWorld and the university will on joint educational and R&D projects for the betterment of the agriculture sector,” he added.

Drones, he said, increase efficiency, reduce field operational delays, optimise the use of fertilisers and pesticides, and thus help in increasing the income of farmers. One of the major advantages is that a farmer can save a lot by using drones for the application of fertilisers and spraying pesticides.

The Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, has issued guidelines to make drone technology affordable to the stakeholders of the sector. The government has also brought out SOPs for drone application in agricultural, forestry, and non-cropped areas.

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