17/10/2021

Tannochbrae

Built Business Tough

Pesticides, fertilisers to be ‘air-dropped’

Having all set for a new-age agriculture where technologies and IT solutions will participate in a big purpose, Prof Jayashankar Telangana Condition Agricultural College will begin experimenting with drone spraying of pesticides and fertilisers.

Beginning the impending kharif year, the college will evaluate the effect of this kind of spraying on different parts of a plant and accumulate knowledge.

Functioning processes

“We will pin litmus paper-like material to the leaves at different stages of the plant. We can depend the depth of the spray by measuring the selection of droplets. Distinct crops call for different doses of pesticide sprays, and at different stages of the plant,” V Praveen Rao, Vice-Chancellor, told BusinessLine.

The university’s scientists will build Conventional Functioning Methods (SOPs) on the height at which the drones really should fly, the width of spray protection, and the depth of the spray on different parts of the plant.

Article iterations, the SOPs for drone flight route, altitude, quantum and unfold of the payload for different crops can be replicated by farmers. “We have preferred paddy, cotton, redgram, maize and soya for the pilot that we are using up in five districts,” Rao said.

Following setting up the protocols, the college plans to cover crops in other States.

Ministry’s nod

The Civil Aviation Ministry has given permission to the college and Marut Dronetech Private Confined (which delivers drones) to use drones for analysis and standardisation of plant defense solutions and building protocols for the analysis of big pests and health conditions. The permission is valid till March 16, 2022.

Started by IIT-Guwahati alumni, Marut Dronetech has designed drone solutions for eradication of mosquitoes, sustainable agriculture and afforestation.

“We have mapped and invited about a hundred and ten tech commence-ups doing the job in different factors of agriculture to evaluate their plans. Of them, we have identified 12 commence-ups that prepare to deploy technologies this kind of as blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine finding out, drones and sensors to evaluate soil humidity,” Rao said. The college plans to incubate this kind of commence-ups and mentor them.