Around 1,500 drones will be made available at custom hiring centers by the state government in two years.
Drones will be made available to low-income group farmers in Rajasthan on rent so that they can monitor crops and apply pesticides across a largely agricultural area with less expense and effort. The state government will provide around 1,500 drones to custom hiring facilities in two years.
According to Dinesh Kumar, principal secretary for agriculture and horticulture, the use of drones and artificial intelligence in agriculture is growing not just globally but also in the state, where the government is encouraging technology usage to help farmers enhance their productivity and income.
“Drone use in agriculture has already begun among the state’s progressive farmers. Drones will become much more popular and beneficial in agriculture in the near future” he said.
According to Sharma, the government has chosen to rent drones to such farmers who have limited resources and cannot afford advanced and costly drones.
Pesticides are often sprayed manually or with the help of sprayers placed on tractors in conventional agricultural methods, where large amounts of pesticides and water are used and where a large portion of the spray is lost to the environment.
Because of better application and bio-efficiency, drone-based spray uses less water and pesticides.
According to another official, drone spraying can save between 70 and 80 percent more water than conventional spraying.
He said that using drones makes it possible to do tasks like irrigation monitoring, crop health monitoring, pest analysis, crop damage assessment, locust management, and chemical spraying more effectively.
The agriculture department organized a live demonstration of state-level drone technology last Wednesday in Joshiwas village, Jobner to show how drones can be successfully used. Agriculture Minister Lalchand Kataria was there.
In comparison to conventional spraying, the flexibility of drones makes it easier to apply fertilizers and pesticides.
According to agricultural expert Shivpal Singh Rajawat, upgrading existing agricultural techniques is essential and required to increase output and crop production.
First published on: 23 Jan 2023, 10:08 IST
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