Could this be the new way of fertilisation?
This idea was first coined in India and sees a remote-controlled quad-copter being used to help farmers with their crop fertilisation. It is also aimed at solving worker number issues facing farmers.
The “Agricopter” was designed by B.Tech students in India and led to them winning the Young Entrepreneurs Summit in their home country.
The copter is designed to fly at levels of 5-6 feet off the ground and can carry 10kgs of urea/fertiliser. It can also spray, with this, up to 22acres of land a day. This it is said can save farmers labour costs for up to four people.
The idea came about after one of the student’s fathers was bitten by a snake whilst out spreading fertiliser.
The copter also features a rechargeable battery about 6inches by 8 inches in size and can be controlled and monitored by the farmer from up to 2kms away.
The copter will weigh no more than 6kgs and is expected to cost 60,000 rupees which equates to approximately €830.
If and when this product makes its way across the world and to our shores, it is sure to save tillage and normal farmers a great deal of time, energy and money. It would mean less money spent on labour less money spent on diesel for machinery, and less time by the farmer spent in the fields.
This really will take our industry to new heights.