Prime Minister Narendra Modi fired off 100 Kisan drones in different cities and towns across India on Friday to spray pesticides in farms around the country as part of a special initiative aimed at assisting farmers.

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“This is a new chapter in the direction of modern agricultural facilities of the 21st century. I am confident that this beginning will not only prove to be a milestone in the development of the drone sector but also will also open the sky to unlimited possibilities,” Modi said at the occasion.

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed a big stimulus for agriculture and farming at the Budget 2022-23 announcement.

Specifically, Sitharaman stated that during the fiscal year 2022-23, the Centre will encourage Kisan drones, chemical-free natural farming, and public-private partnerships for the supply of digital and high-tech services to farmers across the country.

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Kisan drones would be supported for crop evaluation, digitization of land data, and spraying of insecticides and nutrients, she stated, emphasising the use of technology.