Looking Forward: MP’s Drone Didis Excited For Maiden Flight

Looking Forward: MP’s Drone Didis Excited For Maiden Flight

Drone pilots say they have never seen it in their life; some of them even can't ride a bicycle.

SmitaUpdated: Friday, March 01, 2024, 01:11 PM IST
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Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): A total of 102 Drone Didis will fly drones in Bhopal on International Women's Day (March 8) to make a world record. Of these, 89 will be from Madhya Pradesh and the rest from Maharashtra. Women who associated with self-help groups of MP have been provided remote pilot training organisation by National fertilisers limited (NFL), Indian farmers fertilisers cooperative (IFFCO), Paradeep Phosphates Limited, Chambal Fertilisers and chemicals Limited (CFCL).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had mentioned 'NaMo Drone Didi' scheme in ‘Mann Ki Baat’ recently. The scheme was launched by the Center to empower women engaged in agricultural work in rural areas. In this, women associated with self-help groups have been trained to operate drones for spraying pesticides and fertilizers so that time is saved and farming is modern.

Free Press spoke to some of the Drone Didis to know their experience.

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‘People will call me Drone pilot’

34-year-old Surbhi Sharma, a mother of three children lives in Dupadrya Bheel village in Sehore district. She took 15-days training from Madhavrao Scindia  Drone School Gwalior in January this year.  “It was a nice experience. Earlier, I was feeling nervous but trainers taught us so nicely that my fear vanished,” she said, adding that “Ummeed se badhkar seekha.” She belongs to a farmer family but after marriage  it was quite difficult to work as she had to live in a veil at home. But  now she is chairperson of  Mahila Kisan Corp Group, Sehore  and she gives all credit to her husband.  She is now very happy that people will know her as Drone pilot or Drone didi. “Drone is very useful for farmers.  It will save water and time. We can spray fertilisers on crops in seven minutes on one acre land with the help of a drone,” says she. 

‘Beyond imagination’

36-year-old Sapna kachhi who hails from Jabalpur is a Krishi Sakhi. She is 10th passed and associated with the MP Livelihood mission for a long time.  She took five -days training from National Fertilisers  Limited (NFL) at Indore in January this year. “ I am feeling  great that  I got selected for the work. I never ever seen a drone in my life and to fly it was out of imagination,” she said, adding that “ We were  taught how to operate a drone and its usage.” She says that not only she but also her family members are quite excited that she will get a drone. She has land of four acres and is now planning to use drones in farming on her land. 

‘Was initially nervous and scared’

28-year-old Megha  Patidar is from Hirnkhedi village  in Agar-malwa district. She distributes Mid-day Meals in her village. She got 15-day training from Gwalior in January this year. She says that she never  ridden a bicycle,  let alone a drone. “ It was quite a nice experience. For this, I have to pass a written exam after two-days training. After that I was taught the theory that how to fly done on computer then on ground.,” she said, adding that “Initially, I was very nervous and scared.”  “ I will first try my hands on my own field,”  said Megha, who belongs to a farming family and owns 10 acres of land.  

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