X
Dreaded criminal injured during encounter in Kendrapara
Harvested paddy from 3 acres of land gutted as fire breaks out
One arrested by Excise Department for smuggling 23 gram brown sugar
Man allegedly attacks wife with a knife following a family feud
Demon king Kansa reaches Puri to take a holy dip in sea
Senior leader Pranay Sahu joins BJD
Elephant herd goes amok in Baripada

This Odisha Farmer’s Multi-Purpose Drone Can Prove To Be A Boon For Agriculture


Your browser doesn't support HTML5 video.

07 January 2019

Smruti Ranjan Mohanty


Your browser doesn't support HTML5 video.

Your browser doesn't support HTML5 video.

Rayagada: After completing his graduation, P. Babu Rao of Palli village in Rayagada had not been able to secure a job. But that did not hold him back or discourage him. Hailing from a Zamindar family, Rao had a keen interest in farming and decided to pursue agriculture and help the agrarian economy.

After several years of farming, Rao chanced upon a YouTube video wherein he saw farmers of other countries like Japan and China using drones for farming activities. Drawing inspiration form that, he embarked on a journey to build a similar drone that could drive away problems of India’s farmers.

“It took me 20 months and Rs 3.5 lakh to build a multi-purpose drone that can be used for spraying pesticides, sprinkling fertilizer granules, irrigation and for seeding as well. I first asked my friends whether drone parts are available anywhere in India and I visited all states to look for the parts. I had to import some pieces from China as well and even manufactured some parts from scratch,” Rao explained.

The new-age technology has taken the local farmers by surprise. One said, “This drone is very efficient and can cover one acre of land in seven minutes. It is easy to operate and we can use it as per our need as it has various benefits. The medicines also reach the roots of the crops and accurate targets are achieved using this device.”

Rao concluded, “It can be a boon for farmers who are struggling with irrigation problems, labour cost and deficit of equipments. I have enrolled the device in Mukhya Mantri Abhinav Krishi Yantrapati Samman because I want the device to reach a greater platform so that it can be beneficial to farmers across the country.”

Also Read: India Scripts History, Wins Maiden Test Series In Australia

Your browser doesn't support HTML5 video.

P. Babu Rao, Inventor Of The Multi-Purpose Drone

Your browser doesn't support HTML5 video.

Local Farmer