The development of Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) and the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund (AIF) will result in a revolution in small farmers’ lives. The Minister stated that the drones were utilized for the first time in various states of the country to combat locust attacks. He further said that the government is working hard to infuse new technologies into agriculture in order to provide long-term solutions for improving the agriculture sector’s productivity and efficiency.
In light of the unique benefits of drone technologies in agriculture, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare) has released Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the use of drones in pesticide and nutrient application, which provide concise instructions for effective and safe drone operations.
Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), have the potential to revolutionize Indian agriculture by ensuring the country’s food security. The Drone Rules 2021 have made it substantially easier for citizens and businesses in the country to own and operate drones now that the national drone policy has been announced. Fees for obtaining permissions have also been cut to nominal levels. Drones have various features, such as multi-spectral and photo cameras, and may be utilized in many aspects of agriculture, including monitoring crop stress, plant growth, predicting yields, and delivering props such as pesticides, fertiliser, and water.
Drone planting systems have also been developed by many start-ups which allow drones to shoot pods, their seeds and spray vital nutrients into the soil. Besides reducing the cost, this technology brings more consistency and efficiency of crop management.