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CROP DUSTING WITH DRONES IS ILLEGAL, SAYS CENTRE

Why in news?

Use of drones for agro­chemical spraying had increased of late. This would create a lot of problems.

What are problems?

Aerial spraying impacts a larger area, while decreasing the efficacy on the target pests.

Eg.  Kasargod in Kerala reeling under such impact due to aerial spraying of Endosulfan for over 25 years

The Insecticide Act does not allow aerial spraying. Drones and unmanned machines can be hazardous tools for spraying hazardous chemicals in many ways. Allowing aerial spraying, using drones and unmanned, remote controlled vehicles can be catastrophic,



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