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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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Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in agriculture: regulations and good practices

In 2017 a situational irony played out in southern Africa as the “fall armyworm” devastated more than 100 000 hectares of maize in Zambia. The Zambian Air Force was directed to assist the Ministry of Agriculture and Disaster Management and used aircraft to target the pests through the aerial application of pesticides at several “hot spots” throughout the country (African Aerospace Online News Service, 2017).

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