Guj uses drones to spray nano urea on crops

Times of India | 1 week ago | 05-08-2022 | 06:34 pm

Guj uses drones to spray nano urea on crops

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat government has started using drones to spray nano urea on crops. The exercise was carried out in Isanpur Mota village of Gandhinagar district on Friday. Chief minister Bhupendra Patel himself operated a drone to spray nano urea on a farmland. “While efforts are being made to reduce costs and increase productivity, we have taken an important step in that direction through the use of modern technology in Gujarat.” "The use of nano urea will save money spent on importing chemical fertilisers and would also bring down the subsidy costs. Not only this, the spraying of nano urea by drone will also save water," the CM said. He congratulated the farmers for using drones to spray nano urea for the first time in the world. He also urged people to join the 'Har Ghar Tiranga' campaign from August 13 to 15 and hoist the national flag at their home, office or place of business.

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Times of India | 1 week ago | 06-08-2022 | 10:00 am
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Times of India | 4 weeks ago | 15-07-2022 | 05:35 am
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"All the surface rainwater run-off could have been diverted to this 9 lakh sq m of natural sinks and it could have been a huge relief to the citizens," the AMC official said. Baldev Kalikar, a Kaligam resident, said, "There were three local lakes included with survey numbers 49, 50 and 51. But these were diverted to Hindustan petroleum for constructing a road. The stormwater run-off from Kaligam, Chandkheda, D-Cabin and Tragad used to drain into these lakes. Now these areas get inundated every monsoon." A’bad lost 365 acres of lakes to govt buildingsIn early 2021, Ahmedabad lost 365 acres of lakes that could have been stormwater sinks and prevented waterlogging in 42 areas of the city. The Ahmedabad collector instead diverted these resources to housing for government employees, roads, a telephone exchange and reserved government land. In 2007, the AMC began a survey of the city, and collated a list of lakes on its town planning maps. 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Even if the AMC showed them as water bodies in the municipal town planning maps, they don’t get legitimacy in revenue records,” the collectorate official said.

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