17 February 2023, Telangana: CropLife India, pioneered a workshop on “Innovative Technologies in Crop Protection” in Telangana. The workshop was organized jointly with Foundation for Agriculture Sustainability and Transformation (FAST) and CropLife India. A demonstration of Kisan Drones and their advantages in agriculture along with a discussion on the Importance of millet for producers & consumers was an integral part of the workshop.
The workshop was held in Warangal today; Ms. Usha Dayal, District Agriculture Officer, Warangal; was the Chief Guest. Dr. Damodhar, Principal Scientist, RARS, Warangal; Mr. Ramchander Rao Jojula, Asst. Director of Agri (R), FAST Associate; Mr. P. Sarangam, Asst. Director of Agriculture (R), Consultant-NFSC, and Jaypal Reddy, Farmer Leader, Warangal, addressed the gathering. Apart from them, present on the occasion were national awardee farmers, officials of FAST, Scientists of Krishi Vigyan Kendra and Extension Officers, Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), CropLife India member companies, and other officials.
Mr. Ramachandra Murthy P, President & Volunteer, FAST supported CropLife India to implement the event.
Ms. Usha Dayal, District Agriculture Officer, Warangal said, “With the introduction of Kisan Drones, they are becoming the Indian farmer’s new best friend which would help in saving time, cost and increasing yield and productivity. The Centre and State Governments are taking all the necessary steps to facilitate the usage of drones.”
Ms. Dayal added, “The outreach effort being done by CropLife India towards Integrated Pest Management techniques like the role of beneficial insects including pollinators; judicious and responsible use of crop protection products; secure storage of crop protection products; impacts of counterfeit and illegal products; use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment); correct spraying techniques and triple rinsing of used containers; are highly beneficial for farmers”.
Mr. Durgesh Chandra, Secretary General, CropLife India shared, “We believe that with all the favorable policy support coming in from the Government, the conducive ecosystem needs to be nurtured to ensure faster adoption of drones in Indian Agriculture. All the ecosystem stakeholders- Government, Agricultural Universities, Research Institutions, Corporates, Industry Associations, Drone Training Institutes, Drones manufacturers, Drone service providers, FPOs, farmers, Agri & Rural Entrepreneurs, etc. will have to work in tandem towards achieving this”.
Mr. Chandra added, “Our member companies are exploring avenues for enhancing faster adoption of Kisan Drones. Hence, going forward, the demand for customized Drone-as-a-service models (Agricultural applications and Crop protection) is bound to rise by leaps and bounds. Early acceptance of Innovative Technologies in agriculture has enhanced relevance when India is poised to elevate the usage of Millets in the world”.
During the program, CropLife India distributed mini PPE kits and key Safe use messages pamphlets for quick reference & further dissemination.
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