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Drone technology to monitor crop and soil health

NEW DELHI: For making our agriculture techno-friendly, drone, an unmanned arial vehicle will be use in our agriculture field. Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) through the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) has formulated a collaborative research project entitled “SENSAGRI: SENsor based Smart AGRIculture”.

The major objective is to develop indigenous prototype for drone based crop and soil health monitoring system using hyperspectral remote sensing (HRS) sensors. This technology could also be integrated with satellite-based technologies for large scale applications.

The “SENSAGRI: SENsor based Smart AGRIculture” is involving six partner Institutes to be funded by Information Technology Research Academy (ITRA), Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY), Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), Govt. of India and ICAR.

Drone technology based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has ability for smooth scouting over farm fields, gathering precise information and transmitting the data on real time basis. This capability could be used for the benefit of farming sector at regional/local scale for assessing land and crop health; extent, type and severity of damage besides issuing forewarning, post-event management and settlement of compensation under crop insurance schemes.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare,  SudarshanBhagat on Tuesday,19 July 2016 in a written reply to a Lok Sabha question.