Hyderabad: Haritha Haram programme gets technical support for the first time as drones are deployed to disperse seeds at Veernapalli Mandal in Sircilla district of Telangana. The Telangana Forest Department had come up with this idea in September 2019.
The drones were used to mark the birthday of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. The chief minister had also initiated ‘Each One Plant One’ programme in order to celebrate his birthday.
By using drones, the forest department aims to achieve some other objectives such as identification of plant species, tree canopy calculation and estimation of height. The drones will also be used to track suspicious movement in restricted areas of forest and for collecting data on animals.
The Minister for Municipal Administration & Urban Development, Industry & Commerce, Information Technology and MLA Sircilla KTR was happy about the drone sowing technique, being initiated in his constituency. Taking to Twitter, the minister said, “Seeding through drones as part of Haritha Haaram at Veernapalli in Sircilla constituency today. (sic)”
Uday Krishna, environmentalist from Vata Foundation says, "Using drones has been highly effective. It is a good initiative overall, but the results will be known only after two years. It is highly important that the authorities take care to plant seeds suitable for this season at this point in time. Proper maintenance of the saplings also needs to be done on a routine basis."