Agri dept launches fertilizing drones


The Department of Agriculture (DA) launched on Friday the use of aerial drones that could spray fertilizers over a hectare of land in only 10 minutes.

During a demonstration held in Benguet, Sec. Emmanuel Piñol said that the DA could provide funds to subsidize agriculture-related drone activities for up to 5,000 hectares of vegetable farms, particularly in the mountain province.

According to provincial Gov. Cresencio Pacalso, farmers are hesitant when it comes dealing with new technology since they know that every gadget comes with a cost.

As for the fertilizing drones, farmers would have to pay P1,500 for every hectare of farmland that will be treated, but the DA has assured that it could assist the farm owners by making it part of an easy loan program.

The drone, which flew over a strawberry farm located at the Benguet State University, is owned by DMM Company Ltd.

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