Drones will collect agricultural intelligence in UAE

The pilot phase of the project will commence in the second week of June
The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, MoCCAE will use drones to gather information on the UAE's agricultural areas.
The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, MoCCAE will use drones to gather information on the UAE's agricultural areas.

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Drones will survey and map agricultural areas, under a new project by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, MoCCAE. The project gets underway in mid-June and the pilot phase will include surveying and mapping Wadi Al Khib area (500 sqm) in the emirate of Fujairah.

“Using a drone-enabled aerial mapping system is the ideal solution to generate high-resolution, highly efficient aerial data, including topographic mapping, contouring, vector mapping and textured 3D city models. This data will be systematically analysed to produce accurate statistical information that is updated constantly,” said Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment. "We hope through this project to create a highly accurate agricultural database that supports decision making and forward planning - particularly important if we are to achieve outstanding outcomes in precision agriculture."

The drones will collect a wide range of data, including information on the number of temperature-controlled greenhouses (chilled and outdoor temperature greenhouses), windbreaks, infertile land areas, the area of farm buildings and facilities, the number of wells in a farm, soil type and salinity, and livestock populations.

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