Jasmine farmers in and around Sathyamangalam in Erode district have started cutting cost of farming by using drones to spray pesticides on their crops.
K Kandasamy, one of the farmers in Sathyamangalam, said they were introduced to this method by a private company.
Around 25,000 acres in Sathyamangalam, Bhavanisagar, Kothamangalam, Sikkarasampalayam, Thandampalayam, Puguthampalayam, Ikkaraithapalli, Kokkarakundi villages are under the jasmine cultivation.
“Usually, we would cover maximum of three acres per day if we spray pesticides using power sprayer. Now, we could cover 40 acres per day using a drone,” said M Kullappa gounder, another farmer from Bhavanisagar.
Besides saving time, farmers said wastage of pesticide was minimized and wages given to workers on spraying work were reduced.
The farmers who have purchased drones have decided to support other farmers who could not aﬀord them. “After completing the spraying work on my land, I have decided to give the drone for other landowners,” Kandasamy said.
Meanwhile, farmers have requested the horticulture department to grant subsidy to purchase drones.
Drones were ﬁtted with a container ﬁlled with pesticide and they were operated using a remote control. Drone operators were trained by the company personnel.
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