Kisan Drones are being promoted by the government on Monday for modernizing agriculture and conditions are favorable for bringing such technology to farmers. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar stated at a conference that modernization of the agriculture sector is on the government's agenda.
Kisan drones are being encouraged for crop evaluation, digitalization of land records, and pesticide and fertilizer spraying, for which a financial allocation has also been provided, he said.
To encourage the usage of Kisan drones, the government is granting a 50 percent subsidy, up to Rs. 5 lakh, to SC/STs, small and marginal farmers, women, and farmers from northeastern states for the purchase of drones. Other farmers would receive financial support of up to 40%, or a maximum of Rs. 4 lakh, according to an official statement issued at the ceremony.
Financial help of 40% of the base cost of the drone and its attachments, or Rs. 4 lakh, whichever is less, is also offered for drone acquisition by current and new Custom Hiring Centres (CHCs) under the Cooperative Society of Farmers, Farmers Producer Organizations (FPOs), and rural businesses.
Agriculture graduates who create CHCs are entitled to financial aid equal to 50% of the cost of the drone, up to a maximum of Rs. 5 lakh.
In addition to the entities already identified for drone demonstration, other agricultural institutions of the state and central government, as well as central public sector undertakings engaged in agricultural activities, have been added to the list of eligible entities for financial assistance for farmers drone demonstration.
Union Minister of State for Agriculture Kailash Choudhary said this new technology is aimed to reach more farmers, which will reduce the cost of production and increase their income.
Agriculture Secretary Manoj Ahuja said the conditions are favorable to take drones to the farmers and the government is also committed in this regard.