VIT trains students and farmers to spray bio-pesticides using drones
The program aims to educate farmers in Vellore on the use of drones in growing organic rice.
The VIT School of Agricultural Innovations and Advanced Learning (VAIAL) trains its students in a hands-on training program for final year students and farmers in spraying bio-pesticides on farmland using drones.
According to a press release, the training program aims to educate farmers in Vellore on the use of drones in growing organic rice.
A section of farmers in Vellore and final year students of the B.Sc. (Hons.) VAIAL agriculture course participated in the field demonstration, conducted in association with Garuda Aerospace Private Limited, based in Chennai , on the use of drones for the spraying of bio-pesticides, such as neem-seed seed extract, to control sucking pests (stem moth, gall midge and corn bug) and storage pests (grain moth, rice weevil and grain borer) in paddy, the statement added .
Drones are now becoming a potential tool for providing real-time, high-resolution aerial images of agricultural fields with minimal influence on the growing crop. These systems can be used throughout the crop growing season to accurately identify problems in the field and make management decisions.
On the occasion, S. Babu, Dean, VAIAL, explained the application of drones in organic farming, while R. Thirumalaikumar, Senior Lecturer (Agronomy), VAIAL, spoke about organic practices in paddy cultivation. Technical booklets published by VAIAL were distributed to farmers during the training program, the statement added.