Australia’s agricultural industry could benefit from a $3 billion pilot program by the end of this year, with some of the technology developed by drone manufacturer AeroVironment (AVR) being applied to a range of crops including corn and soybeans.
“The drones could be used to pick crops out of the ground, which would be easier for farmers to manage than picking seeds from the ground,” Mr Al-Majid, chief executive of AeroVirionment, told Fairfax Media.
“This is a huge opportunity for Australia’s farmers and growers, and we’re going to have to get to grips with the technology and find out how to use it.”
AeroViral, based in Adelaide, has been involved in the development of a range on land in Australia and overseas, with the company developing a drone that can fly for a period of up to five minutes.
It has developed a system that can detect insects and identify their characteristics.
Mr Almajid said AeroVirus was looking to scale up the technology with an aim to be able to pick up and pick up crops within a matter of days.
“Our drone could be picked up within a few minutes, which could be a lot faster than picking seed from the seedbank,” he said.
“And with the growth of drone technology, it’s only going to get better.” “
Mr Almaraz, who is also the head of agriculture business for Australia in Africa, said there was a lot of potential in the crop-harvesting industry. “
And with the growth of drone technology, it’s only going to get better.”
Mr Almaraz, who is also the head of agriculture business for Australia in Africa, said there was a lot of potential in the crop-harvesting industry.
“I think we’re in an exciting time in the Australian agriculture sector,” he told Fairfax.
In the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and France are among the nations that have launched pilot programs, with Australia also leading the way. “
It’s a challenge in terms of farmers being able to get more out of their seed, because there’s just not a lot out there, but I think we are starting to see that technology, and it’s starting to change the way we grow our crops.”
In the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and France are among the nations that have launched pilot programs, with Australia also leading the way.
Mr Mabber, chief agricultural officer at the Queensland Agriculture and Food Authority (QAFA), said it would be a long-term proposition to get a pilot program going in Australia.
“We need to understand the challenges of farming in this country, how it’s developed and where it’s been successful,” he explained.
“If we can make sure the technologies are being used to the benefit of farmers, we can get some great benefits for Queensland.”
Mr Maber said he hoped that some of those benefits would translate into greater efficiency and improved yields.
“You have to be very careful when you start to put technologies out there because they tend to spread quickly,” he added.
“So if you’re a farmer and you start putting technologies out, there’s a chance they’re not going to work out.”
Aeroviral said the drones were being developed by the Queensland Agri-Food Research and Development Agency, which was set up in February to work on the program.
“With a pilot project, we want to be in the forefront of this technology so we can help farmers, especially farmers who are growing crops for export, get their productivity back on track,” Mr Mabor said.