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DA, FAO launch drones in Pampanga for DRR

THE Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the Department of Agriculture (DA) on Thursday launched drones in Pampanga to officially mark their joint initiative to introduce the use of drones for disaster-risk reduction (DRR) in the country’s agriculture sector.

“The adoption of modern technologies in agriculture, such as the use of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles [UAVs], can significantly enhance risk and damage assessments, and revolutionize the way we prepare for and respond to disasters that affect the livelihoods of vulnerable farmers and fishers and the country’s food security,” FAO Representative in the Philippines José Luis Fernández said in a statement.

FAO said it is becoming “vital” to generate accurate and timely data as the Philippines continues to feel the impacts of climate change. Such information, which can be gathered through drone missions, can support the preparation of early-warning systems and farm-level advisories, the FAO said.

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