Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Drones for soil mapping? Mahindra says why not

Remote-operated unmanned aerial vehicles, better known as drones, could be used in future for soil testing, if Mahindra & Mahindra gets a go-ahead from the government.

The Mumbai-based company, India’s largest manufacturer of tractors, is in talks with the government on allowing drones to be a part of farming methods. According to a senior M&M official, the government has already given some positive feedback on the proposed project.

Speaking to Moneycontrol, Pawan Goenka, managing director, Mahindra & Mahindra said: “We are in dialogue with the agriculture ministry. They are very excited about the project which we are working with them using drones for soil testing. I am told that even the PM is very interested in seeing how drones can be used in agriculture.”

As per the government regulations, it is illegal to fly drones for civilian use though there is no restriction on its sale in the country. Only government agencies, defence forces and some select government companies can use drones for captive purpose.

However, as per a media report released last month, quoting unnamed sources, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) may issue licences for flying drones for civilian use.
25/09/17 Swaraj Baggonkar/moneycontrol
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