CM Patel to Launch Scheme to Use Drones in Agri Sector

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CM Patel to Launch Scheme to Use Drones in Agri Sector

| Updated: August 4, 2022 21:30

In an effort to employ technology to boost agricultural production, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel is all set to launch a scheme that would use drones in the agriculture sector. The scheme will be 100 percent state-funded. It will be initiated on August 5 at 9 am from Isanpur mota village of Gandhinagar. The scheme for the financial year 2022-23 amounts to Rs 3,500 lakh.

By using drone technology, the spraying of chemicals in 1 hectare of land will be completed in 20 minutes and will use 25 litres of water.

The state government has also decided to implement two methods of spraying crop protection chemicals, nano urea, FCO-recognised liquids, and organic fertilizers across 1.4 lakh acres of land in the current year. In the first scheme, a provision of Rs 1,200 lakh has been made and it will be undertaken by IFFCO. Nano urea will be sprayed in clusters of two to three villages of 1,500 acres.

Under the second scheme, a provision of Rs 2,300 lakh has been made under the i-Khedut portal and will remain open to beneficiaries to apply online till the end of August. The admissible aid will be 90 percent of the cost or a maximum of Rs 500, whichever is less, per acre, per spray. The aid will be given for a maximum of five acres and a maximum of five sprays in a financial year per land count.

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