Farm­ers en­cour­aged to spray with drones

Isis Town and Country - - News -

MEM­BER for Burnett Stephen Ben­nett has wel­comed in­no­va­tive changes to leg­is­la­tion which will al­low farm­ers to use drones to spray crops.

Mr Ben­nett said the use of drones to spray crops was now pos­si­ble af­ter amend­ments were made to the Agri­cul­tural Chem­i­cals Dis­tri­bu­tion Con­trol Act 1966.

He said the in­no­va­tive changes would en­able the state’s pro­duc­ers to ac­cess ground-break­ing ae­rial spray­ing tech­nol­ogy which would pro­vide safe, cost-ef­fec­tive al­ter­na­tives to crop pro­tec­tion.

“We are see­ing a ris­ing num­ber of pro­duc­ers, in­clud­ing pro­duc­ers in the Bund­aberg and Burnett re­gion, em­brace new tech­nol­ogy to make their job eas­ier and op­er­ate more eco­nom­i­cally in the long-run,” Mr Ben­nett said.

“This form of tech­nol­ogy is par­tic­u­larly ad­van­ta­geous for pro­duc­ers when ad­min­is­ter­ing chem­i­cals around chal­leng­ing ter­rain.”

Pro­duc­ers and con­trac­tors us­ing this tech­nol­ogy will need to com­ply with safety reg­u­la­tions, he said.

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