India’s leading drone company, Garuda Aerospace has received necessary approvals from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) thus becoming the 31st Remote Pilot Training Organization (RPTO) in India. RTPO will offer a drone pilot license course at a very low cost to the rural youth. The company has been a pioneer in the industry and has deployed Agri Kisan Drones across the country which helps monitor and analyse the impact with providing training to youth. Having received due approvals from DGCA, Garuda Aerospace now aims to train and skill one lakh youth across 755 districts for the right use of drones for agricultural purposes.
Garuda Aerospace was a recipient of the maiden drone loan by Agriculture Infrastructure Fund for Made in India Kisan Drones. The loan aids farmers purchase agricultural drones. To keep up with the rising demand for agri drones, Garuda Aerospace aims to manufacture at least one lakh Kisan Drones by 2024 thus creating employment for Indian youth with an opportunity to earn an average income of about Rs. one lakh a month. The Agri Kisan Drone helps increase food crop productivity, reduce crop loss, and reduce farmer exposure to harmful chemicals while being capable of arranging services like a precision spray of pesticides, fertilisers, crop health monitoring, surveillance, industrial inspection, yield measurement and crop loss mitigation and are fitted with sensors, cameras, sprayers among other features.
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Highlighting the development, Agnishwar Jayaprakash, CEO and Founder, Garuda Aerospace said, “As drone tech experts, we at Garuda Aerospace aim to aid and empower the agri economy with state-of-the-art solutions for age-old issues. The approval from DGCA is empowering as it presents an opportunity to further showcase our strength as India’s leading drone tech expert. We have always believed that India’s agri economy has tremendous potential that is yet to be unlocked. With this approval, we are certain that we will be able to utilise our skillset and help the sector grow significantly. Rohit Srivastava, our drone pilot earns Rs one lakh with Garuda drones as he has received advanced drone pilot training and will soon be honoured with an RPTO certificate. We are certain about creating new job opportunities as we begin training, educating and skilling Indian youth for diverse applications.”
Garuda Aerospace recently commenced its US$30 million Series A round at US$250 million valuation and expects to be India’s first drone unicorn startup in the near future. Former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has invested and is also the Brand Ambassador of the company. Garuda Aerospace boasts of a drone fleet of 400 drones and a well-trained team of over 500 pilots across 26 different cities.