Drone flying over farm

FACTS ABOUT CROP SPRAYING

Applying agrochemicals in a precise and controlled manner is critical in today’s farming operations. Farmers must be sure to introduce the correct amount of chemicals, at the right time and place. However finding the balance can be challenging as too much could increase expenditure whilst a reduced quantity will lower crop yield.

To ensure precision, cost-effectiveness, and optimal crop growth, farmers are now turning to drone technology for precise spraying of agrochemicals. This results in lower costs associated with manual labour or machinery, less environmental exposure to chemicals, and potentially increased production yields.

A SPRAY DRONE IS DESIGNED WITH PARTICULAR ALGORITHMS THAT ENABLE IT TO ACCURATELY CONTROL THE FLOW OF LIQUID PAYLOADS.

SPRAY DRONES HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO STREAMLINE AGRICULTURAL OPERATIONS.

Through automation, spray drones are capable of dispersing a variety of products such as agrochemicals, pesticides, animal feed, and even fruit harvest worldwide.

This technology is especially beneficial in cotton farming. Accurate and automated pesticide spraying can accelerate defoliation and reduce excess foliage to facilitate easy picking. The potential of this technology can revolutionize how farmers do business, creating a more effective and intelligent operation worldwide.

Farm with crops

BENEFITS OF USING SPRAY DRONES

  • Using drones for crop spraying offers multiple benefits, among which the most noteworthy is the enhanced safety and security of applying chemicals.
  • This technique enables just one or two people to efficiently manage the spraying process due to automated application and autonomous flight modes.
  • In addition, drones offer the added advantage of reaching inaccessible crop locations by land, for example on a SAPPI plantation.
  • Drones provide a “green solution” by having less of an environmental impact by reducing C02 emissions.
  • The discharge of potentially harmful pesticides are more accurately sprayed over targeted areas, which also increases efficiency and lowers wastage.
  • Facts show that labourers who are continuously exposed to harmful pesticides suffer many health complications over the long term, such as leukemia, lymphoma and cancers of the brain, breasts, prostate, testes and ovaries. Reproductive harm from pesticides includes birth defects, still birth, spontaneous abortion, sterility and infertility.
  • South Africa has a annually recorded death rate of 130 tractor related deaths, which will be reduced by the introduction of agricultural drones.
  • Outsourcing the distribution of pesticides by farmers, allows for the labour resources to be allocated else where, hence creating a more efficient farming model.
  • Drone technology is becoming more popular in first world states, and adoption of this method of farming is inevitable.
  • Agriculture plays a crucial role in the economic development of Africa.
  • Despite Africa having the highest area of uncultivated arable land in the world, its productivity needs to catch up to other developing regions. Moreover, crop yields are only reaching 56% of the international average. Thus, there is a dire need to increase crop yields in the coming decades to keep pace with the food demand driven by population growth and rapid urbanisation in Africa. Therefore, mechanisation through drones can, directly and indirectly, bridge the yield gap.
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