Budget 2022: Big Push - Kisan Drones for Crop Assessment

NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman stated on Tuesday that Kisan Drones for crop evaluation, land records, and insecticide spraying would be pushed.

"The use of Kisan Drones for crop assessments, land records, and insecticide spraying is projected to drive a wave of technology in the Agriculture and farming industry," the Finance Minister stated as she read out the provisions of the Budget for 2022-23. DPRS, or detailed project reports, are also being prepared for five other river interlinking projects.  She added that the government would also create a complete package for state governments and MSMEs to participate in in order to encourage farmers to switch to natural farming.

The government's priority is inclusive development, which includes farmers for Paddy, Kharif, and Rabi crops, with 1,000 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) paddy scheduled to be procured, benefiting over one crore farmers, according to the Finance Minister.

According to the Finance Minister, natural farming would be promoted along the Ganga corridor. Its goal is to cut down on fertiliser use, which pollutes groundwater and drains into the Ganges.

Irrigation: The Ken-Betwa link, worth Rs 44,605 crore, will be built to provide irrigation to nearly 9 lakh hectares of farmers' land, allowing farmers and the local populace to farm and earn a living, she said. "This year we have granted Rs 1,400 crore," she added, adding that it will offer potable water to 62 lakh people and generate 103 MW of hydropower.

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