In a first, locally made drones to join fight against locusts

Sandra Loyd

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Science and Technology on Tuesday revealed locally made drones to fight the locust attack threatening food security.

“Made in Pakistan drones will revolutionise the country’s agriculture industry,” Minister for Science & & Technology Fawad Chaudhry stated, sharing the image of drones on Twitter.

یہ دونوں زرعی ڈرونز #MadeInPakistan ہیں ،16 لیٹر( pesticide)18 منٹ تک اسپرے کرنےکی صلاحیت رکھتے ہیں ، پہلے پورا کھیت اسپرے کیا جاتا ہے اب سنسرز بتاتے ہیں کہ فصل کےکس حصے کو بیماری ہےاور صرف اس حصے پر اسپرے ہوتی ہے ، کھیت کی مکمل مانیٹرنگ کی صلاحیت سےلیس ڈرونز زراعت میں نیا انقلاب ہوں گے

— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) July 14, 2020

The Ministry of Science and Technology signed a contract with a private business, ABM-SATUMA, for the production and farming application of the drones to handle the locust crisis. The drones would be turned over to the National Catastrophe Management Authority (NDMA).

MoU signed in between @MinistryofST and ABN SATUMA (Private) Ltd for advancement of UAVs/drones for farming application. The drones will particularly be utilized for countering locust attacks. Federal Minister @fawadchaudhry represented the Minutes. Of S&T at the finalizing event.

— Ministry of Science & & Technology (@MinistryofST) July 13, 2020

Describing the drone’s system, Chaudhry stated that earlier the whole field had to be decontaminated however with the aid of the drone, the sensing units will find the contaminated spots and spray pesticides straight on them.

“The ministry is now focusing on precision farming with the introduction of drone technology to enhance agricultural productivity,” he stated, motivating children to deal with agri-tech start-ups.

Dr Suleiman Ashraf, CEO of Security and Target Unmanned Airplane (ABM-SATUMA), stated the business that has actually been dealing with the nation’s defense market for over 20 years has actually chosen to establish drones for the farming sector to aid farmers conserve crops and accomplish performance.

The hexacopter drone has 6 props and has a bring capability of about 16 kg, which indicates it can spray up to 16 litres of pesticide in about 15-18 minutes. The drones developed and made in Pakistan will minimize the time and expense of farmers while conserving crops and safeguarding farmers from direct exposure to hazardous chemicals with effective spraying, Ashraf stated.

“The manual spraying that takes more than one hour can be done in 5 minutes using the drone.”


The farmers can now take full benefit of drone technology to conserve crops. The drones are easy, fast, simple and inexpensive to usage, according to the specialists.

The regional production has actually lowered the expense of farming drones by one-third. Can the farmers manage the drone?

“Farmers don’t have to buy or own the drones. We would introduce a rent-a-drone service similar to Uber, that would connect farmers with the drone as per their requirement,” Chaudhry described.

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