Polybee: Buzz over drones that help with pollination

Agritech startup Polybee Polybee started as a project for CEO Siddharth Jadhav late last year, which he managed to fund with the help of a grant from Temasek Foundation.
Agritech startup Polybee Polybee started as a project for CEO Siddharth Jadhav late last year, which he managed to fund with the help of a grant from Temasek Foundation.PHOTO: YEN MENG JIIN

From robot bees to AI-powered farms, firms are betting on the greenfield agri-food innovation sector in Asia. Sunday Times journalist Tee Zhuo looks at the challenges and speaks to six players.

Robot bees that can fly from flower to flower may sound like the stuff of science fiction. But for local start-up Polybee, this is fast becoming a reality, with tests already being done with a palm-size aerial drone prototype.

The problem that this invention is trying to solve? Pollination, said Polybee founder and chief executive Siddharth Jadhav.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 08, 2019, with the headline 'Buzz over drones that help with pollination'. Print Edition | Subscribe