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

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07 January 2019

Smruti Ranjan Mohanty

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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.”

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

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