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 company said on Monday [21 March 2016]. 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. Cao Nan, the sales director of DJI, said: “The agricultural drone could load 10 kilograms of pesticides and spray an area of up to four hectares per hour. Its work efficiency can reach more than 40 times of a human and it will also solve the shortage of workers in rural areas…Full Article: China Daily Mar 2016

Key Point

  • To date, the market penetration of agricultural drones is 50% in the USA and Japan, but only 3% in China (~4,000 agricultural drones in use as of early 2016).

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  • In November 2015, Guangdong’s DJI Technology Co. developed a drone that could spray pesticides on four hectares of farmland every hour.
  • Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Shenzhen, southern China, DJI Technology is a leading Chinese manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). In November 2015, DJI launched its eight-rotor Agras MG-1, an agricultural UAV that can hold 10 liters (~2.6 gallons) of liquid (e.g. pesticides).

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