Drones to be used for destroying sugarcane pests

Pusa: The drone will now be used to destroy sugarcane pests. Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University has made preparations for this, according to livehindustan.

The university’s scientists also conducted a trial in the fields of the Kalyanpur-based university on Sunday. Under the guidance of university officials such as Vice-Chancellor Dr. P.S. Pandey, Dean Dr. Ambresh Kumar, and Director Dr. Anil Kumar Singh, the Sugarcane Research Institute and Chief Investigator Dr. D.N. Kamat and Plant Pathologist Dr. M. Minnatullah carried out the application of a mixture of carbendazim, thiophanate-methyl, and propiconazole fungicides in sugarcane crops. According to scientists, it will be reapplied after 15 days. The significant role in successfully developing this mixture was played by the agricultural machinery of the university’s College of Agriculture, Dr. P.K. Pranav, and Dr. Sanjay Kumar. The university’s sugarcane scientist explained that drones can be used for spraying all crops quickly and efficiently. However, applying pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides to tall and dense sugarcane plants is a major challenge for farmers. The spraying of pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides is expected to be convenient and beneficial for these types of crops.

According to the university, this pilot trial in an agricultural university may be the first of its kind in the country. If the drone’s application in sugarcane crops proves successful, it will be implemented nationally under the All-India Coordinated Research Project.


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