This Day, That Year

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Item from Aug 28, 1988, in China Daily: China will be­come a large and at­trac­tive mar­ket for agri­cul­tural air­planes by 2000. It is es­ti­mated that by 2000, the coun­try will need 1,000 agri­cul­tural planes as agri­cul­ture comes to de­pend more on mod­ern man­age­ment and pro­duc­tion tech­niques.

With the grow­ing mod­ern­iza­tion of Chi­nese agri­cul­tural, de­mand for ad­vanced de­vices has been grow­ing sig­nif­i­cantly.

Last year, the Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Bank of China and the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture signed an agree­ment to lend at least 3 tril­lion yuan ($451 bil­lion) by 2020 for the mod­ern­iza­tion of the coun­try’s agri­cul­ture sec­tor.

The gov­ern­ment has also is­sued poli­cies to pro­mote the use of mod­ern agri­cul­tural ma­chin­ery, which in­cludes of­fer­ing sub­si­dies to en­cour­age the use of drones.

Drones are now widely used as crop-dusters to elim­i­nate pests by spray­ing pes­ti­cides on farm­land and or­chards.

In 2015, com­mer­cial drone man­u­fac­turer DJI In­no­va­tion Tech­nol­ogy Co launched its first farm-spe­cific drone, the MG-1. It can spray an area of 4,000 to 6,000 square me­ters in 10 min­utes, 40 to 60 times faster than man­ual op­er­a­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port by SWS Re­search, agri­cul­tural drones have clear ef­fi­ciency ad­van­tages over man­ual meth­ods, in­clud­ing more eco­nom­i­cal use of pes­ti­cides and lower wa­ter con­sump­tion.

Be­cause drones are used on less than 2 per­cent of the 122 mil­lion hectares of arable land in China, there is huge mar­ket po­ten­tial for their ap­pli­ca­tion in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor, ac­cord­ing to con­sult­ing firm iRe­search. It said in a re­port that the mar­ket scale of agri­cul­tural drones in China is ex­pected to reach 20 bil­lion yuan ($3 bil­lion) by 2025.

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