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Drones for Agriculture

E-Agriculture in Action

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FAO and ITU, together with partners, have been working together in addressing same of the challenges faced in agriculture through the use of sustainable ICTs. One of the latest developments is the increase in the use of small, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, for agriculture. Drones have a huge potential in agriculture in supporting evidence-based planning and in spatial data collection. Despite some inherent limitations, these tools and technologies can provide valuable data that can then be used to influence policies and decisions.

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Drone technology as a tool for improving agricultural productivity

Technology has transformative potential for virtually every aspect of our existence. It improves efficiency by reducing workload and required time in numerous industries. The agriculture industry is no exception. The progressive automation of agricultural processes has significantly improved the productivity of agriculture labour, shifting masses of workers into other productive industrial areas. Since then, scientific advances in chemistry, genetics, robotics and many other applied sciences have fuelled the accelerated development of agricultural technology. In effect, in recent years agricultural production has increased substantially. However, the demand for agricultural products is due to rise even further with estimations of aggregate agricultural consumption to increase by 69 percent from 2010 to 2050, mostly fuelled by an increase in global population from 7 to 9 billion people during the same time frame. The only feasible answer for this urgent call for increased agricultural production must come from technology sector. Drone technology and advanced image data analytics with the capabilities it provides have the potential to become important parts of the technology mix that could fill the gap. Between current agricultural production and the needs of the future.

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