Micronutrient application through Drone Technology Demonstration – A ICAR NRCB initiative at Thottiyam in Tiruchirappalli District on 31.01.2023
In continuation of drone technology demonstration; an awareness campaign was conducted at Varadarajapuram near Thottiyam, Tiruchirapalli, Tamilnadu in collaboration with Thottiyam Banana Producers Group on 31st January 2023 about drone technology usage for Micro Nutrient (Banana Shakti) application in banana cultivation. By initiating the programme; Dr. R. Selvarajan, Director, ICAR - NRCB mentioned that micro nutrient application for banana cultivation is vital for enhancing the yield and it will not only alleviate the deficiency but also improves the intake of other macronutrients like N, P and K. Further, he added that in the labour scarcity scenario, application of inputs like pesticides and micronutrients through drone technology will not only reduce the cost of cultivation but also improves the profit of the farmers. Dr. C. Karpagam, Principal Investigator of the drone project underlined the objective of the project. Dr. K. Jeyabaskaran, Principal Scientist, welcomed the gathering and explained that the usage of micro nutrient in banana cultivation. Mr.Ajeethan, Managing Director, TNBPCL, elucidated that the recent initiative by NRCB is highly appreciable. At Thottiyam, 35 acres of banana was covered under micro nutrient application through drone technology. These two demonstrations viz., use of drone in banana disease and micronutrient management were part of the Agridrone technology demonstration project under Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanisation promoted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers welfare, New Delhi. FPO members from Sri Rangam Banana Producer Group, Sirugamani farmers group and Anamalai farmers group were participated in the programme. Mr.Subramanain, Coordinator, TNBPCL proposed the vote of thanks. Banana farmers from Thottiyam, Agricultural students from Nalanda Agriculture College and AnbilDharmalingam College also participated in the programme.


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