Agriculture Sec. Piñol introduces drones that spray fertilizers in 1 hectare for 10 minutes

  • DA Secretary Manny Piñol introduced and demonstrated a drone that can spray 1 hectare of farmland in under 10 minutes in Benguet
  • Piñol wants the technology to be adopted by farmers especially in uplands
  • The drone used in the demo is owned by DMM Company Ltd.

Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol on Friday introduced and demonstrated a drone that can spray a hectare of farmland with a liter of fertilizer in under 10 minutes in La Trinidad, Benguet.

Piñol wants the technology to be part of the highland food growing process; to assist upland vegetable gardeners.

It was flown over the Benguet State University’s strawberry farm.

The agriculture secretary offered to subsidize more drone-spraying operations on 5,000 hectares of vegetable farms to show farmers the benefits of drone technology.

According to Piñol, drone services could be part of the DA’s easy loan program; however, he said: “There is always resistance from farmers when it comes to technology so we have to show them the benefits.”

The drone was owned by DMM Company Ltd., and farmers would need to pay P1,500 for every hectare of farm sprayed by the drones.

According to DMM, manual spraying takes 160 minutes per hectare in Japan.