The use of drones in Indian agriculture has received a boost with a new partnership between a tertiary institution and two startups.

The Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee has joined with Chennai drone startup Garuda Aerospace and agribusiness startup AGROB to address the growing demand for indigenous drone pilots jointly.

The three organizations have created a partnership to develop software, robotics, and pilot training for drones that can be used in Indian agriculture.

Garuda will design, build and customize the drones, while AGROB will develop practical use cases such as agricultural surveys, mapping, reconnaissance, AI-based monitoring, and surveillance.

Professor Dharmendra Singh, a coordinator at IIT Roorkee, said the goal was to develop a “drone eco-system” through industry partnerships and provide value-added research inputs.

“In co-operation, we will develop futuristic AI drones, educate farmers and AgriTech service providers, and make them future-ready,”…