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Agriculture Information: SENSAGRI Project for Drone Based Agricultural Technology

The Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Sudarshan Bhagat informed that a collaborative research project entitled “SENSAGRI: SENSor based Smart AGRIculture” has formulated by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) through the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI).

This project involving six partner Institutes (Agriculture & IT) to be funded by Government of India, Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY), Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), Information Technology Research Academy (ITRA) and ICAR.

To develop indigenous prototype for drone based crop and soil health monitoring system using hyperspectral remote sensing (HRS) sensors are the main and major objective of this project. For large scale applications this technology could also be integrated with satellite-based technologies.

Drone technology based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has ability for smooth scouting over farm fields, gathering precise information and transmitting the data on real time basis. So this capability could be used for the benefit of farming sector at regional/local scale for assessing land and crop health; extent, type and severity of damage besides issuing forewarning, post-event management and settlement of compensation under crop insurance schemes.