Bangalore: General Aeronautics (GA), a specialist in Drones for precision agriculture, today announced an INR 65 million pre-series A financing led by Mela Ventures. With the investment, GA will expand its go-to-market programs and will continue to invest in the areas of high reliability and efficient spraying, operational support including training Drone Pilots.
GA was started by India’s acclaimed aircraft designer and Padma Sri awardee Dr. Kota Harinarayana and Abhishek Burman along with Dr. Anutosh Moitra & Air Cmde P K Choudhary (Retd.) to bring the best of the aircraft design practices to the field of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle systems and provide efficient, reliable and cost-effective drone systems to address agricultural and other societal needs.
Incubated at the Society for Innovation and Development (SID), the Entrepreneurship Cell of Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru, GA has developed an indigenous Drone Solution along with unique spray capability with the potential to improve spray efficiency multi-folds. The solution provides best-in-class spray reach and uniformity with unmatched droplets and flow-control. This combined with high reliability and indigenous manufacturing results in highly efficient and cost-effective solutions – removing the drudgery and inefficiencies of manual spraying.
“Future food security has become a major global concern and hence there is a movement towards making agriculture more sustainable with lesser use of harmful chemicals by making the input delivery process more efficient and precise. Many countries have moved to aerial spraying practices which are highly efficient and also reduce the hazardous impact of manual spraying. GA is at the forefront of drone-based agriculture technologies and has indigenously developed and validated a world-class solution to improve input application efficiency multi-fold. We believe that agriculture in many countries including India, is ready to use such cost-effective technologies to improve the yield – which will benefit the farmers and humanity at large,” said Abhishek Burman CEO and co-founder of GA.