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The agricultural revolution is a crucial theme of the present era, and its significance on the international level is vital for food security. Pakistan is an agricultural country, yet due to the lack of suitable conditions, necessary tools, and essential facilities, agriculture sector is facing challenges instead of flourishing. This is a matter of concern for the entire nation.
Recently a positive development related to agriculture came from Islamabad. A Pakistani woman named Rozina Saleha has designed an agricultural drone to facilitate farmers and cultivators.
The specialty of Rozina Saleha’s designed drone is that it can spray fertilizers and other necessary chemicals over crops, along with providing insights into the health of the crops. According to Rozina Saleha, observing farmers using traditional and outdated methods, she realized that not only does this result in increased and abundant crops, but it also prevents farmers from suffering health issues during spraying and other activities in the fields.
As of now, Rozina Saleha’s agricultural drone is available to serve in six cities of the country. According to her, she has also signed an agreement with the Bank of Punjab to make it easier for farmers to access and benefit from the drone. Through this partnership, farmers and cultivators can obtain the agricultural drone on installment plans.
When asked about the farmers’ knowledge and ability to operate drones, Rozina explained that they have two models to address this. Firstly, they provide a service where their team goes and operates the drone for spraying and other purposes on the farmer’s fields. Secondly, they also sell the drone to large landowners.
Regarding the question of obstacles and difficulties faced in implementing projects for the benefit of the public in Pakistan, Rozina stated that where there is determination, no difficulty or obstacle can stop progress. She emphasized that when obstacles arise, individuals should face them head-on and continue their work.
However, she acknowledged that they face some challenges related to regulations and rules. In this regard, they are in contact with relevant authorities and are making efforts to inform them about their experiences, skills, and services to ensure any legal hurdles are resolved.
Rozina Saleha highlighted their goal of aligning agriculture with modern techniques and creating awareness among farmers about the use of new technology. She emphasized the need to provide all facilities to farmers so that small-scale farmers and cultivators can progress and contribute to the overall well-being and development of the nation. This, she said, is their mission.