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Tea industry eyes drones as surveillance tools for gardens

GUWAHATI: The tea industry in Assam is eyeing using drones in the gardens in a bid to introduce fashionable era in the plantations for correct monitoring of critical spaces.

On Tuesday, the director of the Bangkok-based Geoinformatics Centre of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Manzul Kumar Hazarika, was at the Assam Branch of Indian Tea Association (ABITA) to ship a chat at the “Prospects of application of Drones in Agriculture and Plantation Crops Monitoring” as a surveillance device at an inexpensive price.

Hazarika said drones have develop into gear for highly correct data acquisition. They are simple to deploy on demand and there are not any hindrances from clouds unlike earth-observation satellites. “Drones can contribute to quick surveillance of tea gardens for pest and bug assaults. Early action may also be taken to reduce the impact and cut back the amount of insecticides and insecticides,” he said.

Using multi-spectral sensors, drones too can produce pictures appearing the situation of tea plants with regards to productiveness as well as their maturity stage. Using very top answer cameras, maps produced by drones can be useful in making plans and taking selections for planting,” Hazarika said.

North Eastern Tea Association (NETA) adviser Bidyananda Barkakoty said drones have unfolded new vistas for managing tea gardens in the state. “We are exploring how highest drones can be used to manage critical facets of tea plantations like crop monitoring for pest assaults, weed invasion, crop tension, fertilizer and pesticide applications and crop control through drainage and replanting selections. We really feel that drones will indubitably give an edge to our present control ways,” Barkakoty said.

He added that the tips for the usage of drones are already in place. The possibility of the usage of the machine in multi-activities, including crop control, has higher manifold. “Of course we want more brainstorming on how we will use drones in particular in tea plantation spaces where there are color bushes. Also, there is a provision for in the hunt for clearance from the civil aviation ministry if drones beyond 2 kg are used for spraying fertilizers and insecticides. We are having a look into all the facets,” said Barkakoty.

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