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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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Internet of things application in agriculture and use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)

Ensuring the health of the rural economy has been one of the world’s most challenging issues. In the more developed countries, the Internet of things (IoT) has been employed to benefit farmers, increase production and reduce operating costs as well as to enhance labour efficiency, but it is still out of reach for most developing countries. In recent years, the IoT has made remarkable progress and is regarded as the most promising technology for propelling agriculture, i.e. farming, fishing and the poultry industry, into the future. However, there are no base stations and Wi-Fi stations in most farming areas, which prevent the application of the IoT in agriculture. In this chapter, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)-wireless sensor network (WSN) based system that has been applied in the rural area in the People’s Republic of China to resolve this issue will be demonstrated.

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