Agriculture drone manufacturer IoTechWorld Avigation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Maharashtra-based agriculture university Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth (MPKV) to promote the use of drones in agriculture.
The MoU was signed by PN Rasal, Dean(F/A) & Director of Instructions, MPKV university, and Anoop Kumar Upadhyay, Co-Founder & Director of IoTechWorld Avigation.
According to Upadhyay, IoTechWorld and the university will also work on joint educational and R&D projects to build a modern and sustainable smart agricultural system. The agritech firm will be the technical partner in setting up Remote Pilot Training Organization (RPTO) for agricultural drones with MPKV. It will help reduce the drone pilot shortage in the country.
Both will also develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) for crop spraying using drones.
“The tie-up with an institution like MPKV will help us promote research activities promoting drones in agriculture. Together we will work to promote drone technology for the betterment of Indian agriculture,” IoTech World directors Upadhyay and Deepak Bhardwaj said in a joint statement.
Bhardwaj further said that using drones in agriculture is helpful for farmers as these aerial robots help them save money and time.
Another objective of the MoU is to develop a smart agricultural system. IoTechWorld and the university will work on joint educational and R&D projects for the betterment of the agriculture sector. This will increase efficiency, reduce operational field delays, optimise the use of fertilisers and pesticides, and thus help increase farmers’ income.
One of the major advantages is that a farmer can save a lot by using drones to apply fertilisers and spray pesticides.
The Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has issued guidelines to make drone technology affordable to stakeholders. The government has also created SOPs for pesticide applications for crop protection in agricultural, forestry, and non-cropped areas and for spraying for soil and crop nutrients.
As per the government estimate, India will require at least one lakh drone pilots by next year.