Drones to aid seed­ing on Tai­hang

Shanghai Daily - - NATION - (Xin­hua)

DRONES will be­come a new force in the af­foresta­tion of Tai­hang Moun­tain, which me­an­ders across sev­eral prov­inces and Bei­jing in north China.

The forestry author­ity in cen­tral He­nan Prov­ince said drones could fit in places where he­li­copters can­not make ac­cu­rate seed­ing on the com­plex moun­tain ter­rain. Drones are also less af­fected by bad weather.

He­li­copters re­main the ma­jor force of af­foresta­tion on Tai­hang. He­nan plans aerial seed­ing over an area of 17,946 hectares on the moun­tain this year, the prov­ince’s largest ever an­nual af­foresta­tion.

Forestry of­fi­cials said that as drones flew at a low height they could en­sure ac­cu­rate seed­ing. Among the to­tal af­foresta­tion plan, 667 hectares of aerial seed­ing will be con­ducted by oil-fu­eled drones, each with a max­i­mum car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity of 75kg of plant seeds.

The moun­tain was des­ig­nated as a key area for af­foresta­tion in 1986.

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