Syngenta India received the licence to use drones for spraying fungicide in paddy.
According to a statement released by Syngenta India, the company has received permission from the Central Insecticide Board, a regulatory entity that falls under the agricultural ministry, to use drones to apply its fungicide Amistar Top on paddy.
According to the manufacturer, Amistar Top shields the crop from fungi that cause diseases such as blast and sheath blight.
In addition to this, the 438th Registration Committee has given its stamp of approval to another product called Syngenta Ampligo. This product is a combination of two different kinds of active substances. Also Read | Dhanuka Agritech & Horti varsity inked MoU to promote drone use, crop protection R&D.
According to the statement, Syngenta was one of the first companies to get approval for spraying agrochemicals after submitting data on the products’ safety and bio efficacy. Additionally, the company stated that trials of these products were replicated in institutes that were accredited by the government prior to getting approval.
‘The use of drone technology is becoming increasingly important in Indian agriculture. The use of drones for spraying purposes has been given the go-ahead thanks to a timely decision made by the administration. The use of drones will solve the most pressing problems, which are a lack of workers and water. Syngenta is pleased to be recognised as an industry pioneer’ Susheel Kumar, the country head and MD of Syngenta India, made a statement.
According to the corporation, it is also working with institutions that focus on agriculture and companies that provide drone services to educate various stakeholders on how to make appropriate use of the technology. Also Read | Syngenta and Jai Kisan bank sign a deal to give small farmers affordable loans.
‘Research involving drones is currently being conducted in collaboration with a number of the nation’s preeminent agricultural universities. In Maharashtra, we are also conducting research into the viability of applying our solutions by means of drones to a variety of crops, including cotton, soybeans, groundnuts, hot peppers, red gramme, corn, and rice. At each of our four Syngenta R&D centres located across the country of India, we have established an in-house capability for the evaluation of our products by means of drones’ Sunil Kurchania, head of crop protection development (R&D) India for Syngenta India, made this statement.