(A Drone is on Display at Airshow China 2016)
The authorities are using drones to spray pesticide on wheat fields in Xinghua, East China's Jiangsu province, as part of this year's diseases and pests control program.
In January, Vice-Minister of Agriculture Zhang Taolin for the first time acknowledged using drones as agricultural machinery, Caijing Magazine reported. Zhang said the government will subsidize agricultural drones in suitable pilot regions, which means agricultural drones have been included as the national subsidized agricultural machinery for the first time.
According to a report by SWS Research, the agricultural drones' operations have clear advantages over manual operations on operation efficiency, pesticides efficiency, water consumption, and cost. As of last June, agricultural drone ownership in China reached 4,890, doubling from the end of 2015, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.
As less than 2 percent of the 122 million hectares of arable land in China use drones, there is huge market potential for the application of drones in agricultural sector, Caijing Magazine reported.