New Delhi, NFAPost: Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off 100 ‘kisan drones’ in different parts of the country for spraying pesticides and other farm materials. Officials described it as a “very novel and exciting initiative” for farmers.

In his speech, the Prime Minister said their numbers will soon be in thousands from over 200 now, leading to the generation of employment opportunities on a massive scale.

He further added that a new culture of drone start-ups is getting ready in India and the government will draft policies to ensure that no hindrance comes in the path of the emerging new drone market in the country.

Narendra Modi said till recently, there was a conception that drones were meant for armed forces and fighting enemies.

“However, the Kisan Drone Suvidha has added a new chapter in the direction of modern agricultural facilities of the 21st century,” said Narendra Modi.

The Prime Minister said many companies in the country are moving fast in this direction and a new ecosystem of the drone market is developing in India.

“More than 200 drone startups are currently working in the country and soon their numbers will increase to 1000 which will create huge job opportunities. I have been told that Garuda Aerospace has set a target of manufacturing 1 lakh Made-in-India drones in the next 2 years. This will generate fresh employment and new opportunities for the youth,” he added.

Farmers can use high-capacity drones in the coming times to transport their produce like fruits, vegetables and flowers to markets in a minimal time, boosting their income.

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