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Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Showcases Drone Technology for Pesticide Application

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TNAU showcases drone technology that could be used to splash pesticides or apply fertilizers or nutrients to crops

Tamil Nadu Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister M R K Panneerselvam paid a visit to Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) on Wednesday to inspect research activities, technologies and improved crop varieties developed by the University. During the visit, the Minister declared open the vermicompost unit, palletization of forage crops for the production of nutritive fodder pellets for enhancing livestock productivity. He reviewed the ultrahigh density mango-planting and saw the demonstration of drone technology in farming for splashing pesticide and supplements at TNAU orchard. The Minister visited the arid fruit zone orchard and also the renovated botanical garden at the university.

He was joined by the Vice-Chancellor of TNAU Dr. N Kumar who gave a preparation on different exercises of the university, an official press release said here. Research studies were directed at the university using the capacities of drone technology in identifying the well-being status of harvests utilizing sensors and conveying contributions as foliar splash as per site-explicit.

The university said the Department of Remote Sensing and GIS’ study since 2018 on the use of drones had assisted it with distinguishing the right sort of drone, the centralization of pesticide, herbicide, supplement, and so on, normalize the shower volume and speed for paddy maize, beats, sugarcane, tomato, vegetables and a couple of different harvests.

Field trials were conducted in Coimbatore, Tiruvannamalai, Salem, Perambalur and a few other districts to show up at the standard working technique. The drones that it had ordered after customization ran on petroleum, could convey up to 16 liters of pesticide and could fly relentlessly for three hours.

The study had uncovered that the drone could achieve in a couple of hours the undertaking that two workers required a day to do – shower pesticides or apply composts on a hectare, the University said. The benefits that the University had additionally distinguished during the field preliminaries was that the ranchers could utilize the drones for limited use of pesticides or manures for viable yield the executives and they could do it inside an extremely brief time frame.

Or on the other hand, early utilization of pesticides or composts would help the ranchers save crops. If they somehow managed to rely upon workers for a similar it could require some investment and the time distinction could demonstrate basic in saving yields. Concerning utilizing the drones on coconut, areca nut, or other estate crops, the University said it was ready to go. As of now, the University was occupied with normalizing the drone application on a couple of more yields, and from that point, it would focus on ranch crops.

It additionally said that the ranchers could enlist the drones to shower pesticides or apply manures yet it was for the Agriculture Department to accept a call. The digital technology of drone applications would rejuvenate agriculture besides drawing in/holding youth in cultivating to promote rural livelihood, the release said.

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