For the first time in Sri Lanka Aerial application of fertilizers was carried out in a paddy field in Galle Ratgama area today using drones. This was executed with the corporation of students and lecturers of the engineering faculty of the University of Peradeniya.
The initiative was launched by Fertilizer Production and Supply and Regulation of Chemical Fertilizer and Insecticide Use State Minister Mohan P. De Silva on Wednesday (25).
The objective of the programme was to brief farmers on the novel drone technology in paddy cultivation. Organic liquid fertilizer was sprayed over an extent of one and a half acres of paddy fields using the unmanned aerial device.
State Minister Mohan P.De.Silva said that the project was launched under the ministry’s mission of introducing new technology into agriculture under President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s ‘Vision of Prosperity’ election manifesto.
“We launched the programme on a trial basis. We have observed that some farmers use fertilizer in excessive proportions and they spend too much time on using fertilizer. They also bear high expenditure on fertilizer application.
Following the introduction of the new technology farmers will be facilitated to apply fertilizer into their field in a much shorter time,” he stated.
The agricultural drone is fitted with 8 sprayers which enables the speedy spraying of fertilizer.We planned to launch the project as a tentative project and on the success of it we will introduce the new technological mothed to other areas of the country.We implemented the new scheme following a resolution forwarded by Galle and Matara districts, the State Minister said.
Galle Additional District Secretary Nalinda Gamage, Galle and Matara district Agriculture Directors H. L. Sooriyabandara and Dr. Jagath Gunawardana and Galle District Assistant Agrarian Services Director J.W.S.Priyanjan also participated.
Courtesy to: Daily News Mahinda P. Liyanage, Galle Central Special Correspondent