Monday, January 24, 2022

Govt Pushes Agricultural Drone Usage, To Offer Subsidy and Grants for Drone Purchases

Last year in September, the central government announced incentives of Rs.120 crore, which will be given in next 3 years, under the Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for drones and drone components manufacturer. In the same month, civil aviation minister launched India’s 1st Medicine Delivery from Drone project called ‘Medicines From The Sky’ in Telangana.

Now in a latest, the central government is aiming agriculture sector with a major boost to promote precision farming in India,. For the same, the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has issued guidelines to make drone technology affordable to the stakeholders of farming sector. 

The guidelines of “Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanization” (SMAM) have been amended which envisages granting up to 100% of the cost of agriculture drone or Rs. 10 lakhs, whichever is less, as grant for purchase of drones by the Farm Machinery Training & Testing Institutes, ICAR institutes, Krishi Vigyan Kendras and State Agriculture Universities for taking up large scale demonstrations of this technology on the farmers’ fields.

The Farmers Producers Organizations (FPOs) would be eligible to receive grant up to 75% of the cost of agriculture drone for its demonstrations on the farmers’ fields.

24/01/22 IndianWeb2

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