Vegrow and Skye Air partnered to kickstart its 3-day drone delivery trials to deliver apples for farmers across the region
New Delhi, November 14th, 2022: India’s leading drone delivery firm, Skye Air Mobility, has joined hands with Vegrow in Himachal Pradesh to conduct its 3-days long drone delivery trials to carry over 100 kgs of apples from farmland to Vegrow Hub solving a wider transportation problem existing today.
Vegrow is India’s leading firm in the fruit business. The company is in the business of selling fresh fruits and vegetables, with an addressable market size of $43 billion. The tech platform collaborates with farmers through partnerships, aggregating supply, and selling to organized demand.
The duo started the 3-day trials at Nichar in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, on 11th November which shall conclude on 14th November. Skye Air has used its most reliable UAV, Skye Ship One, to facilitate real-time deliveries. For the trials, Skye Ship One, shall carry a payload of 5 kg per flight and 4-8 flights were scheduled for every day. Following the completion of these three days of trials, Vegrow shall be building up a business case to roll out drone deliveries at scale within the region.
“We are happy to announce our association with Vegrow for the deliveries of Agri-Commodity (Fruits) in the State of Himachal Pradesh. This association is significant as it highlights the role of drone technology in transporting Agri-commodity in the tough terrains like Himachal Pradesh. Farmers are the backbone of our great nation and through our drone services, we will assist in easing their produce reach to Vegrow hub in the fastest manner possible. At present, it takes more than 2-3 hours for the farmers today to deliver the produce to the Vegrow Hub; With Skye Air drones, this is being shortened to minutes. With Vegrow, we plan to take this to a higher scale within the state; said Ankit Kumar, CEO, Skye Air.
Further commenting on the collaboration, Mr. Shobhit Jain, Co-Founder, Vegrow, said, ” We are excited to work with Skye Air on this revolutionary project and hope to bring as much technology to the fruit industry as possible to help farmers across the country maximize their returns “.
It is noteworthy to mention that Skye Air has successfully delivered over 7,20,000 packages across India during the last few months. Also, earlier this year, in July, Skye Air Mobility entered into an agreement with HPSEDC (H.P. State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd.) to lend its support by offering delivery as a service throughout the State of Himachal Pradesh.
Skye Air has been conducting flights in the Mandi district, and through its efficient and cost-effective deliveries, it is making its mark within the state.