Drones for Women SHGs get Cabinet Nod

  • Approved by The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi.
  • Central Sector Scheme for providing Drones to the Women Self Help Groups (SHGs), is to cost Rs. 1261 Crore for 2024-25. to 2025-26
  • To provide drones to 15,000 selected Women SHGs for providing rental services to farmers for agriculture purposes.

Highlights:

  1. It approves interventions by converging the resources and efforts of the Department of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (DA&FW), Department of Rural Development (DoRD), Department of Fertilizers (DoF), Women SHGs and Lead Fertilizer Companies (LFCs).
  2. Appropriate clusters where Drones are economically feasible will identified and progressive 15,000 women SHGs in various States will be selected for providing drones.
  3. Central Financial Assistance @ 80% of the cost of drone and accessories/ancillary charges up to a maximum of Rs. Eight Lakh will be provided for the purchase of drones.
  4. The Cluster Level Federation (CLFs) of SHGs may raise the balance amount (total cost of procurement minus subsidy) as a loan under the National Agriculture Infra Financing Facility (AIF).
  5. One of the members who are well qualified, 18 and above years of age will be elected by the SRLM and LFCs for 15-day training comprising of 5-day mandatory drone pilot training and additional 10-day training for agriculture purposes of nutrient and pesticide application.
  6. The other member/family member of the SHG with the inclination to take up repairs of electrical goods, fitting and mechanical works will be selected by the State Rural Livelihood Mission (SRLM) and LFCs who will be trained as drone technicians/assistants.
  7. Considering difficulties in procuring repair and maintenance of Drones through drone companies, the LFCs will act as a bridge between drone supplier companies and SHGs.
  8. LFCs will promote the use of Nano Fertilizers such as Nano Urea and Nano DAP by drones and SHGs will rent out the drone services to the farmers for Nano fertilizer and also for pesticide applications.
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