New Delhi:

As part of its national campaign to promote the use of nano-fertilisers across the country, leading cooperative IFFCO will procure 2,500 agri-drones and train 5,000 rural entrepreneurs. This national campaign of IFFCO has started from Tuesday. IFFCO has already launched its products... The government has signed an agreement to procure drones for spraying nano urea and nano D-ammonium phosphate (DAP) in a phased manner.

"Along with drones, the cooperative will also procure 2,500 electric three-wheelers (loader type) to carry it to farmers' fields," IFFCO said in a statement.

"The technical specifications of agri-drones being procured by it for spraying nano-fertilizers are at par with industry standards," IFFCO said.

It is estimated that an agricultural drone will be able to spray IFFCO Nano fertilizer and other agrochemicals in an area of 20 acres per day.

The country's leading agricultural drone manufacturers include IotechWorld Aviation, Daksh Unmanned Systems, General Aeronautics and Paras Aerospace.

IFFCO will also procure 2,500 electric tricycles to take nano fertilisers and other facilities to farmers' fields.

The cooperative said that these electric three-wheelers are environment-friendly. This will also support the recently launched 'PM-Pranam' scheme. The scheme aims to reduce the use of chemical fertilisers and encourage the use of alternative fertilisers.

To train people in villages to use these drones, IFFCO has launched a nationwide campaign under which 5,000 rural entrepreneurs will be trained to spray nano fertilizers through drones.