May 28, 2024

IG Drones receives Govt. of India grant for Soil & Plant Health Analysis using Drones

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New Delhi (India), April 28: IG Drones, a leading drone technology company, has received a grant from the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) of the Indian government to implement an innovative project that uses drones for soil and plant health analysis in India’s North-East region. The project, spearheaded by Sambit Parida, Co-Founder & CTO of IG Drones, seeks to revolutionize tea production, promote environmental sustainability, and boost socioeconomic growth in the region.

Tea is a widely consumed beverage worldwide and has significant economic importance in India’s North-East, but tea gardens in the region face challenges such as the lack of accurate and timely information on soil and plant health. Farmers have traditionally used manual methods that are time-consuming and labour-intensive. IG Drones project aims to address these challenges by utilizing advanced drone technology to gather real-time data on crucial aspects, providing tea growers with valuable insights to improve their farming practices.

One of the key benefits of the project is the potential to enhance crop management and output. Drones can collect data on pest infestations, nutrient levels, and soil moisture, enabling farmers to make informed decisions on the use of fertilizers, irrigation, and pest control. This precision farming approach reduces costs, minimizes environmental impact, and boosts agricultural yields, leading to increased production and improved financial stability for tea farmers, contributing to the broader economic prosperity of the region.

The North-East region of India is well-suited for tea cultivation due to its mountainous topography, fertile soil, and humid climate. IG Drones’ project promotes environmental sustainability in tea farming by utilizing drones to detect early signs of disease and pest infestation, reducing the use of harmful chemicals and protecting the region’s delicate ecosystem. The project also encourages the use of precision irrigation in water-stressed areas to reduce water wastage and optimize water usage.

Apart from promoting environmental sustainability, the project fosters local creativity and entrepreneurship by offering tea growers access to cutting-edge technologies. IG Drones is at the forefront of agricultural technological advancement, enabling farmers to adopt data-driven, precision farming techniques. This enhances the productivity and sustainability of the tea industry while creating new business opportunities for local entrepreneurs engaged in the agricultural technology sector. The project aims to improve the competitiveness of tea growers in the global tea market by encouraging the adoption of modern agricultural practices.

Tea gardens are a vital source of income for many villages in the North-East region, generating jobs and strengthening the local economy. The drone-based soil and plant health analysis project funded by BIRAC seeks to enhance the sustainability and productivity of tea gardens, ensuring the long-term prosperity of tea farmers and their communities. Bodhisattwa Sanghapriya, CEO of IG Drones, expressed appreciation for being at the forefront of agricultural innovation in the North-East region and looks forward to improving the livelihoods of tea growers through this project.

In conclusion, IG Drones project on drone-based soil and plant health analysis in India’s North-East region has the potential to transform tea production, promote environmental sustainability, and drive socioeconomic development. The project leverages cutting-edge drone technology to provide tea growers with valuable insights for data-driven decision-making, minimize environmental impact, encourage local entrepreneurship, and ensure the long-term prosperity of tea farmers and their communities.

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