The government will provide financial assistance for the purchase of drones by personalized recruitment centers

According to Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, the Center supports and facilitates state governments through various central government and central sector sponsored programs to inject new technologies into the sector. agriculture, including agricultural drones.

In a response to the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, he highlighted steps taken to promote the use of drones in agriculture and make drone technology affordable for farmers and others in the sector.

He said that the financial assistance of 100% of the cost of the drone as well as possible expenses is extended under the sub-mission on agricultural mechanization (SMAM) to agricultural machinery training and testing institutes, institutions of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) and State Agricultural Universities for his demonstration on farmers’ fields.

75% subsidy for FPOs

Agricultural producer organizations (OPF) receive 75% subsidies for the purchase of a drone for its demonstration on farmers’ fields.

In order to provide agricultural services through the drone app, financial assistance of 40% of the basic cost of the drone and its accessories or ₹4 lakh, whichever is less, is also provided for the purchase of drones by existing and new Custom Recruitment Centers (CHCs). within the framework of a cooperative society of farmers, FPOs and rural entrepreneurs.

He said agriculture graduates who set up CHCs are eligible to receive financial aid at 50% of the cost of the drone up to a maximum of ₹5 lakh.

He said the deployment of drones in the country’s agricultural sector is new and the country is gaining experience in this sector, including building a start-up ecosystem in different states. To give impetus to agricultural start-ups, a strand called “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development” was launched under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana in 2018-19. Under the program, start-ups, including drones, are encouraged to use innovative technologies to solve challenges faced in agriculture and related sectors, he said.

In addition, the government is implementing the National Plan for e-Governance in Agriculture (NeGP-A). Funds are released to sanction projects involving the use of modern information technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, blockchain technology, Internet of Things, robotics, etc. and for the customization/transfer of web and mobile applications already developed by states, to the platform to be developed using digital/emerging technologies, he said.

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To another question on the e-NAM (National Agriculture Market) platform, Tomar said that so far more than 1.72 crore farmers have registered on e-NAM in the catchment area of ​​1 000 mandis which are integrated on the platform. Trade in agricultural commodities worth ₹1.82 crore so far has been recorded on the e-NAM platform.

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March 22, 2022