Drone maker to launch nationwide farm services
The nation’s largest commercial drone manufacturer is setting up a vast service network to expand the use of agriculture-specific unmanned aerial vehicles.
The Shenzhen-based DJI Innovation Technology Co said it will train 10,000 people across the country to operate the drones and set up 100 after-sales service centers. The company will also offer subsidies to up to 10,000 people to start a business in farm drones.
He Xiongkui, a professor at the Center of Crop Protection Equipment and Spraying Technology at China Agricultural University, said at present the number of agricultural drones is no more than 4,000, but the demand is on the rise.
The penetration rate of agricultural drones in China is only 3 percent, compared with 50 percent in the United States and Japan, according to industry statistics.