Two engineers, Pranav Manpuria and Kunal Sharma, slog it out at a farm in the town of Ramanagara. With Kharif crop harvest just around the corner, these two engineers are now flying their drones across this five-acre field. Some might say what can a drone do on the farm other than take pictures of the field. But Pranav and Kunal have built a software into their drone cameras that reads thermal images of the plant making food. Once the drone comes down, the duo collects the images from the SD card and start mapping the farm on their laptops. They analyse the images and are able to tell the farmer the fertile areas of the farm and the areas that are making the crop grow slowly.
“The idea was born while I was studying in the US and Kunal was in India. The farmer suicides over the last two years made us discuss ways with which technology can play a role in saving farmers,” says Pranav, the 22-year-old Co-founder of V Drone Agro.