Mixed feelings on Kisan Drones among farmers

Few experts are skeptical of the Kisan Drone idea and wonder what benefits it would bring to farmers. “Will it help farmers earn more money?”, is a question that remains unanswered. 

Drones, according to Nachiket Udupa of the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan and the Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture, are not a pressing necessity in the field. “There are more serious issues afflicting the sector that require immediate response.” 

For example, the government established a goal of doubling farmers’ income by 2022. However, there is no sign that it will be completed this year. Drones will help in spraying pesticides and fertilisers, but according to farmers, it will be the industries that will profit the most. 

In 2021, the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare published a standard operating procedure for using drones to spray pesticides and fertilisers. The document explains how to utilise these flying robots effectively and safely. 

The goal of utilising drones, according to experts, might be to decrease human exposure to toxic substances. They emphasised that, given India’s massive job issue, it might not be a sensible option. 

According to Udupa, crop evaluation with drones would benefit crop insurance firms and large farmers. “The measure is aimed at the industry’s main players, not small and marginal farmers,” he said. 

Drones would be used to digitise land records, according to the Centre. According to the idea, these flying things would scan the area, and officials will be able to compare the data with recorded information. However, as Udupa pointed out, this technology would not assist in resolving property issues. “Instead, they’ll re-create the issue in the digital realm.” 

For digital agriculture, the government has given approximately Rs 60 crore. It’s unclear whether ‘Kisan Drones’ will get a piece of the pie at this time. According to the Union Civil Aviation Ministry, India’s drone industry would generate Rs 12,000-15,000 crore in revenue by 2026, up from Rs 80 crore in 2021. 

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