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Future of Agriculture with Drones

Drones may seem a trend that has already peaked, but we expect to hear less about who has hold of one and more about what they’re being used for. These days we have seen in news drones being used for military uses, photography, and others. But the discussion about practical and real-world uses has only just begun. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) first came in commercial use since the 1980s. Today the practical application of drones is increasing day by day.

Thinking about drones in farming seems a little bit stretched in India. However, today, farmers have to deal with some complex concerns. Issues such as water, climate change, glyphosate-resistant weeds, soil quality, and other financial concerns which is affecting the productivity, efficiency, and quality of agriculture products have become a significant problem.

Technology is where the agriculture producers of India should focus on. It can be a solution to increase productivity and bring sustainability to the farming industry. Drones are the solution to this agriculture problem.

With all the features agriculture drones have, this how they can help us…

Soil and field analysis:- Soil sampling and field analysis with drones helps in mapping the field and providing better perception for crop selection and seed planting pattern. With soil analysis level of irrigation and nitrogen levels can be easily monitored.

Planting:- New startup has created such drones that plant the seeds with 75% accuracy and have decreased planting costs by 85%. These new drones shoot a pod containing seeds and nutrients into the soil. They make planting easy.

Crop spraying:- With the features like distance measuring equipment, ultrasonic echoing and laser enabling, drones can scan the ground and spray the correct amount of liquid in the real-time, which can result in increased efficiency by saving time and reduction in operating cost like workforce, chemical and fertilizer cost, etc.

Crop monitoring:- Crop Monitoring is a challenge for the agriculture industry. Drones help in keeping an eye on weather conditions, field view in real-time. This enables better crop management and removes production inefficiencies for the farmers.

Irrigation:- For irrigation, this technology is packed with hyperspectral, multispectral and thermal sensors which can identify dry parts of the field, heat signature of the crops emits.

Health assessment:- Drones can carry devices that can identify green light reflecting from the surface of the plant by using infrared light. With such information, a farmer can now keep track of changes and health of the plant in real-time. By this, a farmer can take preventive measures to secure the crops.

With the help of drones, Indian farmers can also optimize the use of inputs such as pesticides, seeds, fertilizers, and water more efficiently.

Sandeep Malhotra, Md and CEO IFFCO Kisan have this to say. IFFCO Kisan supports the use of such technology in the agriculture industry. We believe drone technology can revolutionize farming as it reduces the overall cost of farm production, secure high quality and allows the farmer to take timely protection measures from the pests.

He further added that IFFCO Kisan could play a huge role in spreading awareness between Indian farmers about this technology.

The agriculture industry is now recognizing the use and advantages of drones because of their efficiency in boosting crop yield and profits. With all advancements made in drone technology, we can say that the future of drones in this sector is just beginning to take-off.

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