Future of Drones in Agriculture

Drones in Agriculture

Drones today

As we all know Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or better known as drones have been used commercially since the early 1980s. Today, however we get loads of practical applications for drones, from rescue missions to unmanned taxis.

Due to the rapidly evolving technology, companies and businesses are creating new business and operating models for UAVs in each sector, and the Agricultural sector is no different.

Six ways to use drones in Agriculture in Dubai

Below you will find 6 options how drones can contribute towards the expected $32.5 billion in Agriculture solutions, both ground and air bound.

1. Soil and field analysis
2. Planting
3. Crop spraying
4. Crop monitoring
5. Irrigation
6. Plant health assessment
7. Animal Health Checks and count
8. Manage water health

Video: Value of Drones in Agriculture

Drones used for UAE agriculture

Imagine drones planting seeds, spraying fertilizer or pesticides, pollinating flowers, counting plants and assessing plant health. Well the truth is it’s already happening.

Drones are already being used by some companies for Precision Agriculture in the UAE and even the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment started a project in Fujairah mapping the 500 sq kilometer Wadi Al Khib area.

Data will be collected on the number of greenhouses, farm buildings, wells, soil type and livestock population. Also compiled will be information on beehives, geographical boundaries, crops and the number of palm trees.

Dr Thabi Al Zeyoudi, the Minister of Climate Change and Environment said “Using a drone-enabled aerial mapping system is the ideal solution to generate high-resolution, highly-efficient aerial data, including topographic mapping, contouring, vector mapping and textured 3-D city models,”

“We hope through this project to create a highly-accurate agricultural database that supports decision making and forward planning — [this is] particularly important if we are to achieve outstanding outcomes in precision agriculture.”

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