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Drone use not limited to pesticide spraying; tremendous scope in organic, natural farming too: Govt

Union minister of civil aviation on Tuesday said the applicability of drone in the agriculture sector is beyond pesticide spraying and has tremendous scope in organic and natural farming as well. Drone industry in India has grown 6-8 times in the last one-and-a-half years. The drone infrastructure set up in the country is “extremely robust” and an Indian case study of drones as pioneer in agriculture will be exhibited in the ongoing meeting of G20 agriculture working group.

India’s aim is to become a global hub for drones by 2030, for which an industry friendly policy including the Production Linked Incentive Scheme (PLI) is in place, he added.

Addressing the media on the sidelines of the first G-20 Agriculture Deputies Meeting here, the Union minister said: “Don’t look at drones through narrow lines. The versatility and diversity of the application of using drones as service is vast.”

The use of drones in agriculture should not be limited to pesticide spraying. It can be used in cadastral mapping and survey of agriculture land, he said.

“The area of drone application for jaivik kheti (organic farming) is also tremendous. …Even in natural farming, there is tremendous scope for application of drones,” Scindia noted.