Technology Helping Telangana to Assess Crop Yields on Trial Basis
Telangana Government is planning to take the help of technology in estimating crop loss for the purpose of settlement of insurance claims in a transparent and swift manner. to avoid delays in settlement of claims as also rectifying anomalies, this they believe will be acceptable to all stakeholders.
The existing process of all manual work involved in the assessment of crop loss is not only a time-consuming and cumbersome process but is adding to the delays in settlement of claims.Recently, with the help of drones on experimental basis in one village this (rabi/yasangi) season, the Agriculture Department had entrusted the work of estimation of crop loss, wherein a Bengaluru-based company has offered technology demonstration free-of-cost.
A senior officer of the department told, “We have selected 66 acres farm land belonging 20 farmers in Nedunur village of Kandukur mandal in Rangareddy district for the purpose.”
While proximity to the City was one reason the other strong reason was cultivation of varied crops such as vegetables, flowers, food crops, cash crops and some fruit plantations in the area identified for the purpose, said officer while explaining the reasons for conducting the crop loss estimation with drone technology on experimental basis in that particular village.
The officer said, “Private companies have also offered to provide information on soil health, pest problem and several other parameters besides yield data with the help of the technology”.
They also said that, regular crop cutting experiments would also be conducted there to estimate crop yields to cross-check the data to be provided by the technology company and thus help validate the technology for taking it forward for use on a larger scale.