Del Monte starts using drone to monitor vast plantation
Del Monte Philippines, Inc. (DMPI) said it will tap Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or agricultural drones technology to monitor its vast plantation in Bukidnon.
In a statement, DMPI said that like an “eye in the sky,” the drones will be used to map and monitor DMPI’s vast plantation area in Bukidnon covering 25,000 hectares.
These drones will assess the health and vigor of pineapple plants in the fields during various stages of growth, providing a full macro view of the plantation fields — from monitoring growth and yield to early detection of pest and infestation until harvest.
To be exact, it usually takes 18 months to grow a pineapple before it is harvested.
During that growing period, DMPI said the drones will fly over the fields of Bukidnon from East to West, North to South, collecting various types of images including topography and color.
DMPI said that using the technology in its operations will allow the company to sustain its plantation in line with its strategic pillar to improve operational excellence and sustainability.
Aside from the UAV, the company also uses other agricultural practices to improve the quality and quantity of yield, such as ecologically friendly land preparation, efficient water and fertilizer use, planting, growing and harvesting.