Aug 11, 2017

Sri Lanka goes for smart farming

CIC Holdings PLC (CIC), a leading blue chip company in Sri Lanka, has announced their latest innovation, the use of agriculture drones for Precision Agriculture Practices – Smart Farming.

The technology helps to scan fields and distribute agro chemicals and fertilizer with the minimum human involvement and wastage. This is the first time in the world that areas are being identified and automatically treated using the drone and GPS technology.

Commenting on the project, Samantha Ranatunga – Managing Director, CIC Holdings stated, “CIC has been a pioneer in agriculture and research and this is a result of that effort. With this project we hope to reduce the misuse of agro chemicals (pesticides and fertilizer) while reducing the human exposure to agro chemicals in Sri Lanka. This method will also help to reduce the excess amount of agro chemicals and fertilizer released to the environment.”

Manju Gunawardana, one of Sri Lanka’s most recognized and highest awarded innovators has been working on this project with CIC Holdings for the past 7 years.

Gunawardena has already won 3 gold medals and a silver Medal at the Innovators Competition staged in Geneva, Switzerland.

He started his career in 1990 by winning the National inventors title and won the title again in 2012.

Manju is currently working as a consultant to CIC Precision Agriculture and runs his own research firm In India.

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