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"We do not have adequate drinking water for humans and animals. The crop losses due to the shortage of water are further troubling farmers. To get proper details of the loss, we have started using the drones for surveying," said Shankar Totawar, Osmanabad superintendent agriculture officer.
These drones fly at a height of about 150 metres. Each drone surveys area in the radius of 7 km in a single flight, generating around 1,000 photos for every five meters of area.
As many as 51 villages in Osmanabad will be surveyed by the two drones. Later they would be used in the drought-hit Yavatmal and Aurangabad regions.
"The government has given a contract of Rs. 2 crore to Noida-based Skymet for survey," he said.
Once the entire area is surveyed, the company will submit a report on the loss of crops.
"Drones will now be used during the harvest season of both Kharif and Rabi crops. They are being used under the Rashtriya Krishi Bima Yojana for better verification of crop losses," he said.
Mr Totawar said that soon the "existing method of manual survey and approximate assessment will cease permanently."
In an endeavour to improve country’s surveillance system, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur has launched a major initiative for designing and building unmanned air vehicles (UAVs).
If you haven’t had the occasion to watch an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in action, here’s an opportunity.
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