Stakeholder collaboration is key for sensor-based use of drone in agriculture

Stakeholder collaboration is key for sensor-based use of drone in agriculture

New Delhi, May 21 (KNN) Shomita Biswas, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, urged stakeholders to collaborate and work together on the sensor-based use of drone application in agriculture sector.

As technology advances in India, the ecosystem is now in place, and it is up to industry and startups to take advantage of this ecosystem, she added.

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Addressing Day 2 of the 2nd Edition of the International Summit “Artificial Intelligence and Digital Applications in Agriculture”, organized by FICCI, Biswas said, “Once the sensor-based applications of drones start, we we may not need a huge data generation”

Currently, we don’t have a targeted, sensor-based approach to applying pesticides to nutrients through drones, she said.

Biswas further said that in terms of mechanization India is a 40% mechanized country but now we need some metrics by which we can also gauge our technological progress including the use of drones, AI, IoT, etc.

She also urged various universities and institutes working on the wise use of pesticides by drones to share data and research results with all stakeholders.

Biswas said startups should work on lower cost solutions for farmers while providing good after-sales service.

(KNN Office)

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