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A startup sprays fertilizer over 4,000 acres using drones, a great initiative

by Shailee Mishra

Date & Time: May 20, 2022 8:00 PM

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Highlight

  • Used a drone to spray fertilizers on 4,000 acres of farmland
  • Generating revenue of Rs 12.5 lakh
Skylane Dronetech, a drone technology startup, announced on Thursday that it has used a drone to spray fertilizer over 4,000 acres of agricultural land and is planning to use the technology for healthcare delivery.
"With the help of a drone, we sprayed fertilizers in 4,000 acres of farmland spread across Khargone, Raisen, Shajapur, Rajgarh, Guna, and Gwalior districts for a Rs 12.5 lakh business," said Prayas Saxena, founder, and CEO of Indore-based Skylane Dronetech.
Saxena said he and his friends founded Skylane Dronetech in December 2021, and the company now has a fleet of six drones.
He claimed that the startup received a Rs 2 crore loan from the central government's Agriculture Infrastructure Fund at a lower interest rate. According to Saxena, the company will buy ten more drones.

What is Drone technology?

A drone is a flying robot that can be controlled remotely or flow autonomously using software-controlled flight plans in its embedded systems, which work in conjunction with onboard sensors and a global positioning system (GPS). Most people associate unmanned aerial vehicles with the military.

Benefits of drone technology in Agriculture

Drones have numerous advantages in agriculture, and they are one of the technologies that are driving precision agriculture. Precision agriculture is the science of using technology to increase efficiency, productivity, crop yield, and profitability in agriculture. Drones in agriculture will be worth $5 billion by the end of 2025, according to analysts.
Drones provide farmers and agronomists with a powerful tool for assessing the health of their crops.
They can get a better overview of their fields and collect data much faster and more efficiently with drones than with traditional methods. Farmers will be able to see how healthy their plants are, where they might need water or nutrients, and if pest activity is out of control using drones.

Also Read: Drone piloting course fees will decrease as more schools open: Scindia

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