IoTechWorld Avigation, India’s leading agri-drone manufacturer, today announced that they are in process of setting up 7 remote pilot training organisations (RPTOs) in 5 states by Jul’23 as it aims to sell 3,000 drones this fiscal, up from 500 in the last fiscal.
Currently, the company has collaboration with several universities and other institutions for RPTOs. The new RPTOs too are being opened in partnership with prominent organisations.
The company set by Mr. Deepak Bhardwaj and Mr. Anoop Upadhyay is India’s 1st drone manufacturing firm to obtain DGCA Type Certificate (TC) for agri-drone AGRIBOT.
To provide after-sales service and expansion of its network, IoTechWorld will also open a new service center for agri-drone in Kolhapur, Maharashtra.
Last month the company unveiled plans to expand its product line with the launch of a new type of agri-drone. The company has already showcased a more compact version of its famous drone AGRIBOT.
“2 of the upcoming RPTOs will be functional this month. These have come up at in Gharaunda (Haryana) and Jobner (Rajasthan),” said Deepak Bhardwaj, Co-founder & Director.
During the month of Jun’ 23 – 3 more RPTOs in Gurugram (Haryana), Chikballapur (Karnataka), and Samastipur (Bihar) will begin operation, he said, and added the remaining 2 in Rajamundary and Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, will begin operations in Jul’23.
These RPTOs will have an annual capacity to train 360 budding drone pilots per location annually.
The company has helped train 400+ pilots to date.
IoTechWorld has a presence in 12 states and will be expanding its footprints in newer geographies as well during the current fiscal.
“We have sold over 500 drones in the year 2022-23 and this year’s target is at least 3,000 drones. We have made a comprehensive plan to meet the target and even surpass it,” said Anoop Upadhyay, another Co-founder & Director of IoTechWorld Avigation Pvt Ltd.
Giving further details about the company’s strategy, he said opening 7 new Remote Pilot Training Organisations (RPTOs) will help IoTechWorld Avigation to train more pilots who can operate the drones safely and efficiently.
This move will also create new job opportunities in the drone industry, which is growing rapidly in India, Upadhyay added.
On the pricing of the aerial bots, Mr Deepak Bhardwaj said that IoTechWorld’s agri-drones are already competitively priced, and rates are expected to fall further with an increase in sales volume and usage of more local components in the agri-drones. IoTechWorld’s drones soon to have more than 70 percent local components.
By having more service centers, the company can respond to customers’ needs faster and reduce downtime for repairs or maintenance, the company said.
“We are excited about our plans and believe that they will strengthen IoTechWorld position in the agri-drone market in India. The company remains committed to providing high-quality agri- drones and excellent customer service to its valued customers as well as job opportunities for rural youths,” Upadhyay said.
The company is extensively focusing on creating awareness about the benefits of using drones in agriculture. These agri-drones not only save time and money but also increase farm productivity. Besides, the use of drones in farming activities, like spraying pesticides over crops, has health benefits for farmers.