Will Will buzzing buzzing flier flier sound sound a a death death knell knell for for farm farm pests? pests?
Li Li Caisheng Caisheng knows knows well well how how hard hard and and time-consuming time-consuming the the task task of of spraying spraying pesticides pesticidesin thein the farmland farmland could couldget. get.
The The founder founder of of ShenzhenShenzhen Eagle Eagle Brother Brother UAV UAV TechnologyTechnology Co, Coa participantLtd, an activein the developmentparticipant of in agriculturalthe development unmannedof agriculturalaerial vehicles, unmannedor farm drones,aerial vehicles,was born or in a farm peasant drones, family. was bornLi believesin a peasant there family.is an urgent needLi believesfor an efficientthere is alternativean urgent needto the for onerousan efficient farmland alternativetask. to theIt is onerous reported farmlandthat work task. efficiencyIt is of reportedfarm drones that can work reach efficiency40 times comparedof farm dronesto humans,can reach while 4050 percenttimes comparedof pesticideto humans,and 90 percent while of 50 water percent can beof pesticidesaved. and 90 percent of water That’s can why,be he saved. founded Eagle Brother.That’s why The he agriculturalfounded Eagle UAV businesssector, Li opportunitiesthinks, offers as hugewell. “The business market opportunitiesfor agriculturalas well. UAVs “The could market reachfor agriculturalhundreds of billionsUAVs couldof yuan. reach There hundredsis a huge of space billions out of there yuan. to There explore.”is a huge space The out Shenzhen-basedthere to explore.” company Thehas expanded Shenzhen-basednot only in companythe domesticmarketbuttoMalaysiahas expanded not only andThailand.in the domestic market but to MalaysiaWith the and accelerationThailand. of the agriculturalWith the acceleration modernizationof the process, agricultural demand modernizationfor advanced farming process, devices demand has for been advancedgrowing farming significantly devices inChina.has been growing The significantlyChina Sciencein China. Daily reportedThe Chinalast month Science that about Daily 100,000 reported unitslast monthof agriculturalthat about UAVs 100,000 will be units neededof agriculturalby 2020. UAVs Sensingwill be a needed potential by 2020. opportunity, Sensinga a number potential of opportunity,drone makersa numberare steppingof drone into makersthe market.are stepping into the market.
In In November November 2015 Shenz201 5 , Shenzhen-based DJI, the world’s level largest drones, maker launchedof consumer-levelits first agriculturaldrones, launched drone, its the first MG-1, agricultural marking drone,its the diversificationMG-1, marking into its the diversification industry-level into drone the market. industry-level drone market.
The The Ministry Ministry of of Agriculture Agriculture issued issued an an action action plan planin to in zero Februaryby 2020. 2015 to curb the increaseThe planin pesticide envisages usage promotion to zero of by use 2020. of modern agricultural The plan machinery, promotes includingthe use of UAVs, modern to agriculturalenhance the machinery,utilization includingratio of UAVs, pesticidesto enhancewhile reducingthe utilization their ratio use. of pesticides while The reducing Chinese their governmentuse. has The also Chinese moved governmentto offer subsidies has also movedto encourageto offer subsidiesuse of dronesto encouragein agriculture.use of drones in agriculture.In Henan province, for instance,In Henan farmers province,are given for subsidies instance, to farmerscover 30 are percent given of subsidiesthe cost to of cover farm 30 drones, percent in of additionthe cost of to farm subsidies drones, fromin additionthe local to government.subsidies from the local government.But Li believes the high cost of But agriculturalLi believes UAVsthe high could cost poseof agricultural problems. UAVsA farm could drone pose could problems. cost A anywherefarm drone between could tenscost anywhereof thousands betweenof yuan tens to of hundreds thousands of of yuan thousandsto hundredsof Thisof thousandsfactor couldof impedeyuan, takingwide applicationit beyond theof the reach aerialof smallscaletechnology. planters. This factor could impede “Poor wide support application services,of the includingaerial technology. ordinary after-sales service,“Poor is supportalso a big challenge services, for includingthe developmentordinary after-salesof the industry,”service, is alsoLi said.a big challenge for the Some developmentmarket of researchers,the industry,” however,Li said. point out farm drones Some may market not researchers,be the best solution however, in pointall regionsout farm now. drones may In not placesbe the wherebest solution agriculture in all regionsis intensive,now. like western XinjiangIn places region, where agriculture advantages is of intensive, pesticidelike western spraying Xinjiang,by drones advantagesare obvious,of pesticide said sprayingJean Xiao, by a drones researchare obvious, analyst saidat marketJean Xiao, intelligencea research analyst firm at IDC. market intelligence firm IDC.
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Li Li Caisheng, Caisheng, founder founder of of Shenzhen Shenzhen Eagle Eagle Brother Brother UAV TechnologyUAV TechnologyCo Ltd Co Ltd