The drone can spray 15 litres of pesticide at one go, 10 times faster than humans. Its multi-spectral camera can assess crop health and indicate where to spray
Agriculture is the mainstay of millions in India. Farmers spray pesticides and fertilisers to grow crops. When labourers spray these chemicals, they are prone to health risks.
Three IIT Madras students have now developed a drone for spraying drugs. These drones are capable of spraying pesticides and fertiliser 10 times faster than humans.
Aakash Anand, Kavi Kailash and Rishabh Verma are students in IIT Madras. Together they created an Agri-Copter to help farmers. This is a drone with six rotors. One drone spray uses 15 litres. They are 10 times faster than humans. They say it provides 100 percent protection to humans.
It has features different from other sprayers on the market. The multispectral camera mounted on this drone can accurately detect the health of crops. With the help of these cameras, the Agri-Copter automatically assesses the terrain and predicts which crops need spraying and which do not. According to a report, Rishabh Verma said, "The Agri Copter has the ability to function automatically."
They estimate that the commercial price of this Agri-Copter would be about Rs 5.1 lakh. They have applied for patents.
They have tested the drone in agricultural lands across India.