To motivate farmers in Goa to use drone technology, the Department of Agriculture will purchase two drones and train them on how to use the equipment to apply pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. Soluble in water.
Unlike conventional drones, this agricultural drone has a diameter of 1.5 meters and can carry 10 liters of pesticides or 10 kg of herbicides. The technique was first practiced in Chinchinim by Pastor George Quadros, who fertilizes using agricultural drones to spray micro-droplets of fertilizer over fields.
The agriculture ministry has proposed to the central government a 10% increase in subsidies for farmers buying their own farm drones.
Currently, the center offers financial assistance equivalent to 40% of the basic cost of the drone and accessories or Rs. 4 core through farmer cooperatives, farmer’s producer organizations (FPOs) and rural start-up programs, this number is less.
To qualify, farmers can only purchase drones that have been approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). You must have a drone license and you can only fly at a certain altitude. Farms near Army or Navy bases may not allow drones.
The Department of Agriculture will then also lease agricultural drones to farmers who want to use the technology on their farms.