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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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Use of unmanned helicopters for agriculture

In 1983, a commission was received from the Japan Agricultural Aviation Association (an external organization of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries) to develop a remote control aircraft capable of performing aerial (airborne) spraying of agrichemicals, or what became known as a remote control aerial spraying system (RCASS). Initially Yamaha worked only on an engine, but recognizing the importance of the end product operating as a complete package led to Yamaha taking charge of developing the RCASS entirely and the research and development (R&D) work on this began. The prototype was dubbed the “Aero Robot RCASS”.

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