March 25, 2023

kisan: PM Modi launches ‘Kisan Drone Yatra’, assures full govt support to startups | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while flagging off 100 Kisan drones in different parts of the country on Friday, assured full government support to the drone technology startups and said India will soon emerge as a global leader in the sector.
“A new ecosystem of the drone market is developing in India. More than 100 drone start-ups are currently working in the country and soon their numbers will increase to thousands, creating huge job opportunities. India is poised to witness the emergence of new leadership in the drone sector and I assure you that the government will draft policies to ensure no bottlenecks for the entrepreneurs,” the prime minister said, in his virtual address to a group of farmers gathered at Manesar from where the “Drone Kisan Yatra” was flagged off.
It was a special drive aimed at helping farmers in different cities and towns of the country to spray pesticides and other stuff at farms.
The campaign was launched for several states including the poll-bound ones like Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Goa.
“The occasion is the best example of how far the country can fly if policies are drafted with the right spirit,” the prime minister said and added, “Till recently, there was a conception that drones were meant for armed forces and fighting enemies. However, the Kisan Drone Suvidha has added a new chapter in the farming sector and it will prove to be a milestone for drone technology.”
The prime minister said that Garud aerospace has set a goal of developing one lakh drones, which are being used for diverse purposes. “Recently, 100 drones were at display during the beating retreat ceremony. Under “swamitva scheme”, land records are being documented through drone technology, medics, vaccines are being supplied to various parts of the country and it is also being used for sprinkling pesticides etc on crops,” the prime minister said.
He said the Kisan Drone will usher in a new edge revolution as high capacity drones will be used to carry vegetables, fruits, fishes to the market directly from the farms. “These items will be supplied directly to the market with minimal damage, consuming lesser time, resulting in more profits to farmers and fishermen,” the prime minister said.

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