Drone technology will make farming easier for farmers- Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Shahi

• Syngenta India’s ‘Drone Yatra’ reaches Uttar Pradesh
• Yatra started from Pune Maharashtra on 15th July
• Plans to train more than 10000 farmers about drone spraying in 13 states

Lucknow: The use of drone technology will facilitate farmers in farming and the Uttar Pradesh government is making concerted efforts for multi-dimensional use of drone technology. The government is doing everything from sprinkling fertilizers with drones to monitoring development and welfare projects. On the arrival of Syngenta’s drone tour in the state , the Agriculture Minister of Uttar Pradesh,  Surya Pratap Shahi said. Drone Yatra On reaching Lucknow, Syngenta apprised more than 300 farmers about the successful drone spraying techniques in rice fields.

Syngenta India had flagged off the Drone Yatra from its Pune Headquarters on 15 July. The company plans to create awareness about drone spraying among over 10,000 farmers. She will travel 10,000 km across 13 states. Syngenta is one of the few private companies that have received permission from the central government to use drones. Syngenta Drone Yatra has visited three states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

The Agriculture Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Surya Pratap Shahi, speaking as the chief guest at a function organized in Malihabad Tehsil of Lucknow district to commemorate the arrival of Syngenta Drone Yatra, said that digitally driven agriculture is becoming the need of the hour. Uttar Pradesh, a leader in the production of paddy, wheat, millet, barley in cereals, has a huge scope for use of drones in many ways in agriculture. Mustard, linseed, sesame, groundnut, gram, peas, lentils and tur are grown in abundance in the state.

Shahi thanking Syngenta said that now we can see the benefits of new technology in agriculture sector and experience the technological change taking place in the world and this drone technology will not only provide employment to youth but also labor shortage. Along with this, it will also help in saving soil and environment. Drone technology will also help in fulfilling the commitment of our Honorable Prime Minister  Narendra Modi  to double the income of farmers. This technology will protect the crops from insects, flies and locusts besides reducing the cost of spraying and increase their income.

Dr KC Ravi, Chief Sustainability Officer, Syngenta India said that it is very encouraging to see that the Government of Uttar Pradesh has not only shown interest in Drone technology but has also prepared a roadmap to make agriculture technologically efficient which will make farming cost-effective. The use of more technologies will increase the income of the farmers. Farmers will benefit from technology like drones and now there will be more sustainability in farming.

Dr. Ravi said that drone spraying can help farmers to spray one acre of field in just seven minutes which can help in saving labor cost and increase the efficiency of farmers.

Dr. Ravi said that in the last few years, the Government of Uttar Pradesh has taken important steps towards adopting technology in agriculture. The state government headed by Chief Minister  Yogi Adityanath has already announced provisions to explore the possibility of manufacturing drones in UP. The plan to set up drone manufacturing units in Uttar Pradesh will be a game-changer not only for the farmers of the state but for the entire agricultural economy of the country, thereby ensuring best use of drones in agriculture, disaster management, health, law and order maintenance. .

Dr Ravi said that through the innovative experiments of Syngenta, we will enable farmers to increase agricultural production by connecting them with the environment.

Officials of various government departments participated in this program. In which  Vivek Kumar Singh, Director of Agriculture,  RK Singh, Joint Director of Agriculture Bureau,  Neeraj Srivastava, Joint Director of Agriculture, Engineering and  SB Singh, Managing Director, Seed Development Corporation Lucknow and others were present in the Drone Yatra program. On behalf of Syngenta India,  Sachin Upadhyay,  Amit Saini, Dr. Ramzan Alam,  Trilok Pal Singh,  Ravi Tomar and  Mayur Srivastava were present.

Syngenta is one of the world’s leading agricultural companies, helping millions of farmers increase global food yields by enabling them to better use resources. There ambition is to feed the world as well as protect  earth. In over 100 countries we are working to change the way we grow crops. Through partnerships, collaborations and The Good Growth Plan, we are committed to helping people stay safe and healthy through innovation in nature and farmers.

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