Syngenta India Pvt. Ltd. has announced its partnership with IoTechWorld Avigation to bring drone spraying to the agricultural sector in India. The partnership, outlined in a three-year memorandum of understanding (MoU), aims to promote Syngenta-approved insecticides using IoTech’s drone technology.
The collaboration aims to create job opportunities for rural youngsters through training and preparation to use drones on farmlands. In the project’s initial phase, 200 rural kids will be trained and hired, with 400 acres of large-scale trials completed and data submitted to authorities.
Agribot, an IoTech drone, will be used for all Syngenta’s spray services and products. The collaboration will also include getting 200 agri-entrepreneurs from villages to participate in the project.
Syngenta is the first private company to receive authorization from the Central Insecticides Board and government to spray its product Amistar on paddy. To spread awareness and educate farmers, Syngenta organized the Drone Yatra, traveling 17,000 km across 13 states and reaching out to 15,000 farmers.
IoTech will play a vital role in the project by teaching people how to fly drones and manage Syngenta’s drone fleet. The Syngenta Foundation India will be finding and training prospective Agri entrepreneurs. In addition, Syngenta will support the deployment of 2,000 drones and promote drone spray technology in educational and promotional activities.
The collaboration with the Syngenta Foundation India will also focus on training Agri entrepreneurs to serve farmers with various services. This partnership is a significant step towards the digitization of the agricultural sector in India and is expected to bring positive changes to the lives of farmers and rural communities.
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