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Drone tech can transform agri by cut in post-harvest losses by 50%: Study
Tuesday, 26 September, 2023, 14 : 00 PM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
Skye Air, pioneering drone delivery logistics provider, has unveiled a groundbreaking analysis that sheds light on the immense potential of drone technology to reshape India's agri-commodity landscape. Titled "Transforming India's Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Industry: Drone Delivery for Minimising Wastage and Empowering Farmers," this comprehensive report uncovers the staggering post-harvest wastage in the fresh fruits and vegetable sector and outlines how drone delivery can mitigate these challenges, improve farmers' lives, and enhance the overall supply chain's efficiency and sustainability.

India faces a pressing challenge with post-harvest losses in the fresh fruits and vegetable sector, amounting to a staggering 30-40% annually. These losses, valued at approximately Rs 13,300 crore ($1.8 billion), according to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), stem from spoilage, inadequate storage facilities, inefficient transportation, and limited market access.

In the wake of these challenges, the analysis highlights the potential of drone-based delivery systems to revolutionise the agri-commodity industry. A pilot project conducted by the National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE) showcased a reduction of approximately 20% in wastage through the utilisation of drones for transporting fresh produce, demonstrating the efficacy of this innovative solution.

"By shifting a significant portion of transportation from road to drone delivery, farmers can contribute to reducing carbon emissions and promote environmentally sustainable practices. The implementation of drone delivery in the fresh fruits and vegetable industry offers cost savings, time savings, and contributes to the reduction of carbon emissions. These benefits enhance the profitability of farmers, enable quicker delivery of fresh produce, and promote environmental sustainability in the agricultural supply chain," said Ankit Kumar, founder & CEO, Skye Air.

Notably a study published in the International Journal of Scientific Research and Management (IJSRM) analysed the impact of drone delivery on reducing wastage in the agriculture sector. The research showed that the implementation of drone-based delivery systems could potentially reduce post-harvest losses by up to 50%.
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