Drone maker to launch na­tion­wide farm ser­vices

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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