Innovative electrostatic spraying technology can offer a range of solutions from increasing pesticide efficiency and optimizing its use to decreasing environmental pollution.
Today, farmers use pesticides irrationally for managing the pest population and crop diseases which is leading to unbalanced ecosystems and harmful impacts on the human health.
Young scientist from CSIR-Central Scientific Instruments Organisation, (CSIR-CSIO) Chandigarh Dr. Manoj K Patel, and his team have developed a Electrostatic Pesticides Spraying Technology that can increase pesticide efficiency by reducing the droplet size and ensuring even distribution of spray. It also improves distribution, deposition efficiency, uniformity of the agrochemical and reaches to hidden areas, underneath of the target.
The technology which has been recognized with the NRDC National Societal Innovation Award 2017 during the 20th National Technology Awards Day function on National Technology Day, 11th May, 2018, can reduce pesticide consumption & be effective in mitigating health hazards for humans as well as decrease soil contamination.
After successful demonstration of electrostatic spraying technology for pesticides applications in market the researchers have expanded the work to explore the potential of this technology in various areas such as electrostatic spraying based dust mitigation and environment protection, electrostatic edible coating on fruits and vegetable to enhance the shelf life in addition to providing nutritional value.
The projects are funded by various funding agencies such as DST, CSIR and so on. Dust mitigation and environment protection through electrostatic spraying is a new concept in which charged particles generated from electrostatic sprayer combine with foreign particles present in the environment and settle down. If effective prototypes can be developed, the technology can help in eradicating many undesirable foreign materials from air.
“Electrostatic spraying which has already been proved to be a technological solution for reducing pesticide usage, could also solve other environmental problems like air pollution with higher efficiency.” said Dr Patel, the innovator of the technology.
Prof. R K Sinha, Director, CSIR-CSIO, Chandigarh appreciated the efforts and said “The technology has a great socioeconomic impact which is directly linked to our farmers and its widespread applications to various sectors would contribute largely to ‘Make in India’ campaign and the dream of doubling the income of farmers through technological interventions”.