In farming villages that suffer from decreasing population and aging, drones have become the new helpers.
Drones can not only sow seeds and spray chemicals but also analyze the status of crops and thus, the era of machines doing farm work for us has arrived.
Jeong A-reum has more.
A drone flies low above an endless field.
To spray chemicals on 1.2 hectares, one-third the size of this field, three adults have to work for more than five hours with a cultivator. With an agricultural drone, however, the work can be done in 10 minutes.
<Lee Jang-hyeon (Farmer) / Namyang-myeon, Goheung-gun, South Jeolla Province> "With the farming population aging, we are short on labor. So we are reviewing the use of drones because drones could be used for chemical insect control, spraying of fertilizers, and other various aspects."
The price range for an agricultural drone is between 20 million won and 70 million won, much cheaper than unmanned helicopters in terms of price and maintenance, and they are easier to control.
Because its size is small, it can be used for narrow fields as well.
<Lee Jin-mo / President of the National Institute of Agricultural Sciences> "Predicting crop yield, which used to be done manually, is recently being done through aerial photography by drones. So we think there are plenty of areas to make use of drones in farming."
Currently, 86 agricultural drones have been distributed across the nation.
Starting in August, the Rural Development Administration plans to register those drones that meet the examination standards as agricultural machinery and support farmers to make active use of drones.
Jang A-reum reporting for Yonhap News.
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