An eight-rotor drone whirred to life, and hovered steadily in the air before setting off to spray a large vegetable field in Guyuan city in the northwestern autonomous region of Ningxia Hui. Yao Xuan, who manages over 10,000 mu (667 hectares) of farmland, sat restlessly in the shade of a shed as he watched the drone at work…Full Article: China Daily Sept 2016

Key Point

  • In Ningxia Hui Region, agricultural drones are currently being used on 26,000 mu [~1,733 hectares] of land.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In March 2016, DJI Technology announced they would train 10,000 people across China to operate agriculture-specific drones. Additionally, the Shenzhen-based company stated it would establish 100 after-sales service centers and offer subsidies (to ~10,000 people) boost the use of drones on farms.
  • As of early 2016, the market penetration of agricultural drones was 50% in the USA and Japan, but only 3% in China (~4,000 agricultural drones in use as of early 2016).
  • 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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