Drone trial lifting apple boxes in Kinnaur village: The Tribune India
Shimla, November 14
The possibility of using drones to transport fruits and agricultural products is being studied. A private company in association with Nichar panchayat today embarked on a drone trial lifting boxes of apples from orchards high up in the village of Kinnaur district and carrying them to the end of the road. The drone took just a few minutes to transport a 10-20 kg crate of apples over the hills.
Himachal is one of the few states to have formulated a drone policy, but the technology is still limited to dropping drugs and collecting blood and other samples in areas that are either inaccessible or remain snow-capped for nearly six months. months, such as in Kinnaur and Lahaul and Spiti districts, Pangi in Bharmour of Chamba district and in remote areas of Kullu, Mandi and Shimla districts.
The state government has so far used the technology to drop off drugs and collect blood samples in remote areas, especially in Chamba and Kullu districts.
A drone takes a few minutes to drop off a box of apples while the arduous road trip takes three to four hours. The technology can be very useful for transporting perishable goods like peaches, apricots, plums and flowers grown in other parts of the state.
Drone technology has made it possible to provide timely medical aid to people by launching medicine and taking blood and other samples, which are needed to decide the line of treatment.
On June 6 this year, the Cabinet had approved the Himachal Pradesh Drone Policy 2022 with the aim of spreading technology for economic prosperity and creating job opportunities. The government is keen to widely use drones for surveillance to control illegal mining and tree cutting over a wide area.
Pact with the pvt firm
- On July 12, the government had reached an agreement with Skye Air for a drone delivery system
- The company helped connect six primary health centers and community health centers in remote areas of Chamba via several flights, covering an air distance of 170 km during the trial.
- Successful small drone run took place between Dharamsala and Tanda medical college in Kangra to deliver vaccines and medicines
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