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Issues That Focus on The Development of The Agricultural Drone Industry

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The development of the Agricultural Drone industry needs to focus on the following issues:

1. Regulations and Policies

In terms of purpose of use, Agricultural Drones are Agricultural Equipment and are managed by the agricultural department; when they spray pesticides, there are potential environmental risks and are managed by the environmental protection department; in terms of their operational attributes, agricultural drones are aircraft and are managed by the Managed by the civil aviation authorities. This characteristic of agricultural drones being managed by multiple authorities has resulted in laws and policies playing an important role in the development of the industry.

The management of Agricultural Drones as agricultural equipment is a relatively common method. Countries have slightly different ways of managing agricultural equipment. Some countries adopt compulsory certification, some adopt simple written material applications, and some countries use administrative authorization. But either way, it represents a management and recognition of agricultural drones by the Ministry of Agriculture.The HD540Pro Agricultural Drone produced and developed by HUIDA TECH has obtained multi-national certifications by virtue of its absolute advantages, and stands out from many agricultural drones!

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As a type of aircraft, drones are managed by the civil aviation administration of each country in terms of their operation. There are three common management methods: the first is to exempt low-risk agricultural drones in the existing legal system, such as the United States; the second is to require drones over 25kg to undergo SORA (safe operation). Risk analysis assessment. The characteristic of SORA is that it focuses on operational risks and analyzes and approves the operational risks of individual cases. Countries in Europe mostly use this method; the third type is based on traditional aircraft airworthiness rules. Simplification, generating a simplified version of the airworthiness requirements applicable to agricultural drones in countries such as Brazil and Mexico.

Agricultural drones are mainly used for pesticide spraying, so the management of pesticides has become the third policy direction to pay attention to. Take Japan as an example. Pesticides registered in Japan for use in agricultural drones include fungicides, insecticides, insecticide and fungicide mixtures, herbicides and plant growth regulators. The registered crops are mainly rice, wheat, soybeans, etc. Herbicides are only registered for use in rice fields, and the pesticide formulations registered for rice field herbicides are mainly granules and film-spreading oils. The application methods are granular broadcasting by drones and film-spreading oils by drones. For droplet application, low-volume spraying from drones is basically not used to avoid damage caused by herbicide droplet drift.

Japan mainly uses increased pesticide application methods to register and manage agricultural drone pesticides. That is, on the premise that it has obtained registration for conventional ground spray use, pesticide companies apply for expanded cropping trials of low-volume spray use by agricultural drones. Registration tests of Japanese aerial pesticides include field efficacy tests, residue tests, crop safety tests, and adjacent crop tests. The registration tests are mainly completed by the Agricultural Aviation Association (JAAA).

2. Efficiency needs to take into account environmental protection

Agricultural drone companies have taken improving agricultural efficiency as their mission and are committed to improving global agricultural production efficiency. But human health is intertwined with the health and biodiversity of the entire world. With the continuous upgrading of agricultural drone hardware systems and intelligence levels, just "improving global agricultural production efficiency" can no longer adapt to the development of the times. Environmentally friendly agricultural drones will become the future direction of the industry.

Due to the negative impact of traditional aerial spraying and drift on the environment, the European Union issued the "Directive on establishing a community action framework to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides" (DIRECTIVE 2009/128/EC, hereinafter referred to as the "Directive") in 2009. Aerial spraying is completely prohibited on the ground, and spraying is only allowed on steep terrain that is inaccessible to ground equipment and where aerial spraying has obvious advantages over ground equipment. Over the past decade or so, the Directive on Establishing a Community Action Framework to Achieve the Sustainable Use of Pesticides has been widely transformed into domestic law in EU countries, forming a complementary management system with other domestic environmental and agricultural regulations in each country. For example, before aerial spraying, Italy must first apply for an overall environmental assessment of the spraying plan, and then apply for approval in accordance with civil aviation regulations.

Before the official release of the Directive on Establishing a Community Action Framework to Achieve the Sustainable Use of Pesticides, the draft legislation solicited opinions from social groups and stakeholders on a large scale. The legislative body entrusted Bipro (Beratungsgesellschaft für integrierte Problemlösungen) to conduct corresponding experiments to ensure the scientific basis and social basis of legislation. According to Bipr's report "Assessing economic impacts of the specific measures to be part of the Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides", the EU selected France, Spain and Germany, three traditional agricultural countries, to carry out aerial spraying and ground equipment spraying. In the comparative experiment, the crops were grapes (France), olives (Spain) and forests (Germany). The test compared ground agricultural machinery spraying with aircraft spraying by considering multiple factors such as economic benefits, social impact, environmental impact, spraying efficacy and human health.

In 2019, the EU revised the Directive, but did not change the basic position on aerial spraying in the Directive: a complete ban in principle, with exemptions under special circumstances. Thirteen years have passed since 2009. When the legislation was first enacted, civilian Agricultural Drones had not yet been widely used. With the development of science and technology, agricultural drones can replace humans in more scenes. Therefore, it is time to re-evaluate the legality of agricultural drone operations and not regulate them as traditional aircraft.


As the International Food and Agriculture Organization describes in its objectives:

“Achieve food security for all and ensure that people have regular access to enough quality food to live active, healthy lives”.

Agricultural Drones not only provide modern scientific and technological tools for such goals, but also create new jobs, new social needs and social value in the process. Today, agricultural drones fully cover major food crop types around the world, including rice, wheat, corn, potatoes, soybeans, etc.; they fully cover major cash crop types around the world, such as tea, citrus, apples, cherries, cotton, sugar cane, etc.

Digital, precise and intelligent management of the planting of grapes, olives, cotton and other cash crops will provide agricultural practitioners with more convenient and efficient management solutions, reduce operating costs, increase production, quality and income. In the future, the application of agricultural drones will also consider more environmental friendliness, green and sustainable development, etc., making more contributions to the green earth, making agriculture easier and making life better.

We embrace farmers and are determined to be a good helper for farmers to generate income. Through better intelligent equipment and solutions, we can effectively solve farmers' production problems, help them realize their dream of increasing income, and make their labor more valuable.

We pledge to protect the common earth of mankind. Through better tools and solutions, we will continue to reduce waste and loss in agricultural production, allowing more practitioners to conduct agricultural production in a more environmentally friendly way and live with the land in a more harmonious way.

We believe that with the continuous exploration of best practices, pest management and pesticide use will become more reasonable and have less impact on the environment. The policy environment for agricultural drones will gradually become more relaxed, and the development space for Agricultural Drones will be broader. 

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