CropLife Asia conducts interactive meet for greater adoption of Drone tech in APAC
The online forum discussed topics like Regulatory frameworks for pesticide application by drones around Asia Pacific, and Safety Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for pesticide application by drone.
CropLife Asia's Drone for Pesticide Application Online Forum was conducted on March 8 to 10, 2021 and brought together virtually technology experts and sector stakeholders from across Asia and around the globe. The three-day conference was structured to convey and grow: a common understanding of drone benefits to sustainability as well as farmers' safety and productivity; a strong cross-sector partnership between government and industry; and open exchange of knowledge and best practices to manage risks and concerns.
A total of seven sessions were conducted during the forum to guide the discussion on a range of topics. From the 'government' perspective, this included sessions on Digital transformation and its impact on government agricultural policies; Regulatory frameworks for pesticide application by drones around Asia Pacific; and Safety Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for pesticide application by drone. Sessions focusing on the 'field' perspective included: R&D - Technology enablers for pesticide application by drone; and Commercial adoption of drone for pesticide application in APAC. Lastly, capturing the "future" perspective were sessions on: Emerging technological advancements in drones for pesticide application; and Roundtable - Future collaborations to drive best practices in the region.
A first-of-its-kind virtual conference on drone use for pesticide application in Asia concluded this week after three days of dialogue and discussion among stakeholders from across the food supply chain. "Our industry takes seriously its commitment to ensuring responsible use of plant science technologies and sustainable agricultural practices. Drones are a new tool that can support and strengthen that effort - and have the potential to play a transformative role in Asian agriculture", said Gustavo Palerosi-Carnerio, CropLife Asia President.