Mar­ket for drones is emerg­ing

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

A huge mar­ket for drones is emerg­ing in China, in­dus­try ob­servers said, prompt­ing the need for the gov­ern­ment to speed up reg­u­la­tion.

“More than 10,000 civil­ian drones will be needed in China once the in­dus­try is fully de­vel­oped and reg­u­la­tions are put in place,” said Zhang Feng, sec­re­tary­gen­eral of the Air­craft Owner and Pi­lots As­so­ci­a­tion of China. “The mar­ket value of de­vel­op­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing, op­er­at­ing and main­tain­ing th­ese drones will reach 50 bil­lion yuan ($8.18 bil­lion).”

There are about 20,000 drones on the Chi­nese main­land used for civil­ian pur­poses, and busi­nesses in­clud­ing agri­cul­tural pest con­trol, en­vi­ron­men­tal mon­i­tor­ing, ge­o­graph­i­cal survey, aerial map­ping, for­est pa­trol, re­source ex­plo­ration as well as mar­itime op­er­a­tions have greatly ben­e­fited from drones, Zhang said. (Photo 2)

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