Drones, rooftop gardens on display at Agritech expo at PJTSAU

Agritech expo
Drones on display at the second edition of Agritech South 2020 Exhibition at PJTSAU campus on Saturday.

Hyderabad: From drone utility to processed millet food and rooftop gardening to agri-business ventures, visitors at the second edition of Agritech South 2020 Exhibition and Agrivision 2020 Conference, can learn about the latest technologies and equipment being used world-wide in different agri practices all under one roof.

A few rural innovators gave a ‘desi’ twist and came up with several simple equipment that can aid farmers in tilling the land, sowing seeds and even plucking the weed from paddy fields, also displayed their equipment.

Step into the exhibition being organised at Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU) and farmers can update themselves about the advanced agriculture intelligence sensing drones that aid in diagnosing, predicting, preventing and minimising crop loss. “Farmers can purchase the drones for themselves or can avail our drone services. We can help them in spraying pesticides using drones and reducing health hazards to farmers, besides reducing the time and labour costs by four times,” said Prem Kumar Vislawath, founder and CEO of Marut Drones.

For those keen in setting commercial millet-based food processing units, the ICAR-Indian Institute of Millet Research as well as PJTSAU Millet Research Institute provide all information pertaining to technology consultancy, business facilitation, networking, funding and other aspects. “We have nearly 15 start-ups operating from our premises and we can help them convert ideas into agri-business ventures in nutricereals,” said a representative of ICAR-Indian Institute of Millets Research (ICAR-IIMR). Both these institutes are training people in cooking nutritious food using millets in a wide range of cookies and biscuits to muffins, multi-millet date burfi to little millet kaju namkeen among others.

There are also many stalls which facilitate and guide people on rooftop or vertical gardening. For instance, Hyderabad-based Simplifarms have drip irrigation systems developed exclusively for rooftop and vertical gardening, while companies such as Ever Green Organics provide complete organic kitchen gardening services. “People can cater to 30 per cent of their daily vegetables needs using the latest technologies. All you need is just 100-200 sq ft space in their balcony or rooftop,” said Siddharth, a sales executive.

Several major companies such as Coromandel and Gromor, among others also displayed their equipment at the exhibition for farmers. The three-day exhibition will conclude on February 24.

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