DA rolls out drone spray at 5,000 farms in Benguet
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol 5,000 hectares of vegetable farms in Buguias town and other selected towns of Benguet Province will serve as the pilot area of the newest farming technology that the Department of Agriculture (DA) is adopting, which is aerial spraying using remote-controlled drones.
He said this following the successful test of drone spraying in the vegetable farms in La Trinidad.
“It took the drone just a few minutes to cover a patch of vegetables and according to the data provided by the Japanese service provider company, DMM Corporation, it will only take 10 minutes to cover one hectare,” Piñol said.
The drone, he said, could be used to spray foliar fertilizer and other biological pest control solutions and is expected to bring down farm operations costs and increase productivity.
Under the agreement, which will be formalized next week, the DA will support the spraying in the first 5,000-hectare pilot area by providing funds to cover for the cost of P1,500 per hectare of drone spraying.
The drones will be operated by DMM Corporation.
While the use of drones in agriculture is not a new technology, this will be the first time that the DA will be utilizing drones in farm operations.