Meet P Babu Rao, the inspirational agri-tech farmer from Odisha

Rayagada: After failing to land a good job despite graduating with BEd from Andhra University, P Babu Rao, a resident of Sanyasiguda village in Rayagada took a bold decision to do farming.

Rao used his farmland and grew paddy, cotton and veggies but his decision to do farming on his 40 acre land and on another 40 acre of land as share-cropper turned out to be less profitable.

But there is a saying, “where there is will, there is a way”. While harvesting paddy in Brahmagiri area of Puri, Rao was surfing YouTube when he found farmers in other states and countries using drones for agricultural purposes. Inspired, he decided to build one such gadget for himself.

It took him 18 to 20 months and nearly Rs 3.5 lakh to build a drone. He imported several parts of the machine from China and was successful in building the gadget which has now made him a centre of attraction in his area.

After all the struggle, Rao has finally succeeded in building an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or commonly called drone which can not only spray all kinds of insecticides, pesticides, but can flawlessly sow seeds. It can reportedly spray insecticides on 20 to 25 acre of land in an hour.

“This machine can go to places where tractors can’t reach. Though it looks ultra modern it can be operated by any farmer,” says Rao.

While farmers of several areas of the State including his own district are struggling with Chakada pests, Rao is optimistic that his innovation will help mitigate that.

Meanwhile, Rao’s innovation has received accolades from several quarters with many people coming to his place to see the drone.

The district administration has also praised his innovation and assured to recommend his name for an award.

“A district level committee found Rao’s innovation very inspiring. We have approved his project and recommended to the government for its recognition,” said Rayagada Collector Guha Poonam Tapas Kumar.

Rao himself is also quite optimistic and aims to fly even higher and take his innovation to a higher level.

I have decided to enroll my name for Mukhya Mantri Abhinav Krishi Yantrapati Samman. If I can get some financial assistance from the government I hope I can invent some other usages using this machine like spraying of water on the crops. This apart, I have also decided to take it to a new level like use of six winged- fan drone with a better payload

– P Babu Rao.