Film star Daggubati Rana says no more messaging, time for action to counter global warming.
HYDERABAD, Oct 1 (The CONNECT) – For the first time in India, seed-ball planting has been done with the help of Drone technology.
Film star Daggubati Rana of Baahubali and Aranya movies fame today launched the drive by Seedcopter of Marut Drones which has taken up the task of seed-firing of 1.5 lakh seed balls of native species like custard apple, gooseberry, tamarind, bamboo and banyan as part of its Hara Bhara initiative. The job was swiftly completed today.
Rana put the seed balls into the drone and kickstarted the operation at the KBR Park. When asked to give a message, the nature lover film star said the days of giving messages are over. “Global warming is here and we are already witnessing its impact. The only way to save us from this is to plant more trees and do whatever you can in your capacity to protect the planet earth,” he said.
The Drone Technology has come to the rescue to save the planet and fight deforestation, he said.
In the movie Aranya, Rana played the lead role of the man who holds the distinction of creating a forest singlehandedly.
Marut Drones in association with the Telangana Government’s ITE&C and Forest Departments has embarked on the Hara Bhara initiative. Seedcopter involves the local community to make the seed balls and Rana appreciated these efforts. SeedCopter pays one rupee per each seedball made by the self-help groups and welfare communities
Hara Bahara is India’s first aerial seeding campaign to accelerate the mission of reforestation through planting of one billion Trees through Drones by 2030 in the country. The campaign was launched in the first week of September by KT Rama Rao, Telanghana Minister of IT. Within one month of the launch, it has covered 12 Districts in Telangana and the remaining districts will be covered before the end of this monsoon, according to Marut founders Suraj Peddi and Sai Kumar.
Seedballs are an ancient method and have become an important aspect of many natural farming and conservation enterprises around the world. The seeds are combined with clay, soil and organic material like compost, worm casting or well-decomposed manure.
Seedcopter part of Marut Drones is India’s leading UAV aerial seeding solution that aims to make reforestation rapid, scalable and sustainable bringing community, science and technology together. Its core objective is to build strong communities for afforestation and bring awareness at a grassroots level on the effects of deforestation.
The seeds sown by drones will be monitored by Seedcopter’s platform for the next ten years with the help of satellite images and other technologies available. Drone planting plays a major role in planting trees in dense forests and hilly terrain where human beings are unable to reach to plant more trees.
After gauging its success, Seedcopter will approach other states.
Marut Drones has been doing experiments and studies by spraying seed balls in all sorts of terrains across India such as Udaipur in Rajasthan, Kaziranga National Park in Assam and Uttarakhand for a couple of years and the trails yielded good results.
As of now, Marut Drones is footing the bill to drone seed 50 lakh seed balls. But, next year onwards it will rope in partners to make it a commercially viable initiative.
This project uses drones to disperse seed balls over thin, barren and empty forest lands to turn them into the lush green abode of trees. The process begins with a field survey and mapping of the terrain area to understand the ecosystem and demarcate the areas needing urgent attention. This is used to determine the number and species of trees that can be planted in the barren land based on the soil, climate, and other parameters.
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