IoTechWorld Avigation, India’s leading agri-drone manufacturer, is in the process of setting up seven remote pilot training organisations (RPTOs) in five states by July 2023 as it aims to sell 3,000 drones this fiscal, up from 500 in the last fiscal, the drone manufacturer announced today.
Currently, the company has collaboration with several universities and other institutions for RPTOs. The new RPTOs too are being opened in partnership with prominent organisations.
To provide after-sales services and expansion of its network, IoTechWorld will also open a new service centre for agri-drone in Kolhapur, Maharashtra.
Last month the company unveiled plans to expand its product line with the launch of a new type of agri-drones. The company has already showcased a more compact version of its drone ‘Agribot’.
“Two of the upcoming RPTOs will be functional this month. These have come up in Gharaunda (Haryana) and Jobner (Rajasthan),” said Deepak Bhardwaj, Co-founder & Director, IoTechWorld Avigation.
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During the month of June 2023, three more RPTOs in Gurugram (Haryana), Chikballapur (Karnataka), and Samastipur (Bihar) will begin operation, he said, and added the remaining two in Rajamundary and Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, will begin operations in July 2023.
“These RPTOs will have an annual capacity to train 360 budding drone pilots per location annually. The company has helped train over 400 pilots to date. IoTechWorld has a presence in 12 states and will be expanding its footprints in newer geographies as well during the current fiscal,” the drone company said on its plans.
“We sold over 500 drones in the year 2022-23 and this year’s target is at least 3,000 drones. We have made a comprehensive plan to meet the target and even surpass it,” said, Anoop Upadhyay, another Co-founder & Director of IoTechWorld Avigation.
Giving further details about the company’s strategy, he said opening seven new remote pilot training organisations (RPTOs) will help IoTechWorld Avigation to train more pilots who can operate the drones safely and efficiently.
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This move will also create new job opportunities in the drone industry, which is growing rapidly in India, Upadhyay added.
On the pricing of the aerial bots, Deepak Bhardwaj said that IoTechWorld’s agri-drones are already competitively priced, and rates are expected to fall further with an increase in sales volume and usage of more local components in the agri-drones. IoTechWorld’s drones are soon to have more than 70 per cent local components.
By having more service centres, the company can respond to customers’ needs faster and reduce downtime for repairs or maintenance, the company said.
The company is extensively focusing on creating awareness about the benefits of using drones in agriculture. “These agri-drones not only save time and money but also increase farm productivity. Besides, the use of drones in farming activities, like spraying pesticides over crops, has health benefits for farmers,” the company said.