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Aerial seeding

  • Posted By
    10Pointer
  • Categories
    Environment
  • Published
    1st Aug, 2020
  • The Haryana Forest Department has started aerial seeding across the state on a pilot basis.
  • It is designed by IIT-Kanpur backed start-up.
  • A technique of plantation in which seed balls containing seeds along with the coating containing a mixture of clay, compost and other components are sprayed on the ground using aerial devices like drones, helicopters or planes.
  • These seed balls will sprout when there is enough rain. The coating provides nutrients for initial growth.
  • The expected benefits will be Initiation of plantation in difficult or inaccessible areas like Aravallis in Haryana.
  • Eliminating the need for ploughing and digging holes in the soil.
  • The clay shell along with other items in the mixture protects the seed against birds, ants and rats.