Filipino rice farmers to use drones to lower production costs

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Rice farmers in Iloilo in the Philippines will start using agricultural drones as seed spreaders and chemical sprayers to lower production costs and stay competitive.

Drone technology reduces the need for agricultural labor, which is responsible for over 40% of the total cash costs.  Drone seeding also resulted in a higher tiling rate while drone spraying was more efficient than a power-knapsack sprayer.

Farmers cannot lower the cost of production unless they mechanize, according to Philippine Rice Research Institute.

Read the full story at The Manila Bulletin.

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