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Rajasthan Government Will Rent Out Drones To Farmers

Rajasthan Government Will Rent Out Drones To Farmers

Drones will be made available for rent to low-income group farmers in Rajasthan to help them monitor crops and spray chemicals over a large agricultural area with less expense and effort.

The state government plans to make approximately 1,500 drones available at custom hiring centers over the next two years.

Dinesh Kumar, Principal Secretary, Agriculture, and Horticulture, stated that the use of artificial intelligence and drones for agricultural work is increasing around the world and that the state government is encouraging farmers to use technology to increase their income and yield.

"The state's progressive farmers have already begun using drones in agriculture. The use of drones in agriculture will grow significantly soon, Kumar indicates.

According to Sharma, the government has decided to rent drones to these farmers who have limited resources and cannot afford sophisticated and pricey drones.

Another official stated that spraying with drones can save 70 to 80 percent of the water used in conventional spraying.

"Nutrient deficiencies in standing crops can be easily determined and replenished using drones," Agriculture Commissioner Kana Ram said.

He stated that drones can help with irrigation monitoring, crop health monitoring, pest analysis, crop damage assessment, locust control, and chemical spraying.

The Agriculture Department organized a live demonstration of state-level drone technology at Joshiwas village in Jobner last Wednesday to demonstrate the successful use of drones, which Agriculture Minister Lalchand Kataria witnessed.

Shivpal Singh Rajawat, an agriculture expert, believes that updating current agricultural practices is important and necessary for increasing productivity and crop yield.

"Traditionally, crops are monitored through visual observations, and spraying is also done in this manner. Drones can perform these tasks more efficiently and in less time. Given the precision, I'm thinking about using drones for my agriculture farm," said Hemraj Sharma, a farmer in the Jaipur district.

Pesticides are typically sprayed manually or with the assistance of sprayers mounted on tractors in conventional agricultural practices, where large amounts of pesticides and water are consumed and where a sizable portion of the spray is lost to the environment. Because of better application and bio-efficiency, drone-based spray uses less water and pesticides.

Drones' flexibility allows them to spray fertilizers and insecticides more easily than traditional spraying methods.

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