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Syngenta, IoTech join hands to deploy drones in agriculture

Chandigarh , February 8: In a significant move, driven by the vision of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi of large-scale use of drones in agriculture, Syngenta India Pvt Ltd (SIPL) has partnered with IoTechWorld Avigation for facilitating introduction of drone spraying across India. Under this agreement, the two companies will work on creating employment opportunities for rural youth by training and preparing them for using drone technology.                    

Both parties agree to work together to harness their strengths to promote spray of Syngenta approved chemicals using drone technology of IoTechWorld, in different territories of India. “In the first phase, 200 rural youth will be trained and employed for spraying. Large-scale trials over 400 acres were conducted and data submitted to regulators for 20 crops”, informed Susheel Kumar, MD & Country Head Syngenta India. IoTech’s drone Agribot is being used across all of Syngenta’s spray services and products.

Syngenta was the first private company to get approval from Central Insecticides Board, Government of India to use drones for spraying of its product Amistar on paddy to protect the crops against fungal infections, Blast & Sheath Blight. “Encouraged by this along with the policy push by Government of India and various state government, Syngenta organised a unique, first-of-its-kind Drone Yatra, under which a drone awareness van moved across 17,000 km in 13 states reaching out to 15, 000 farmers and giving them demos on drone spraying,” informed Sachin Kamra, Head, Farmer Centric Ecosystem, Syngenta India Pvt Ltd.

“We are revolutionizing the way spraying is done in India and helping rapid and advanced mechanization of Indian agriculture. Along with Syngenta, we want to help farmers in getting best utilization and results of plant protection chemicals, save cost, and get better output. We also want to contribute to generating employment in rural areas by developing agri-entrepreneurs,” said Deepak Bhardwaj, Director, IoTechWorld Avigation.

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