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Farmers using pesticide drones

Farmers using pesticide drones

Farmers in China are using drones to spray pesticide over their fields.

Zhu Xiwang and his neighbours have purchased 30 drones which distribute a pesticide to kill the bugs on their crops.

It would have taken 10 farmers the same amount of time to spray all this amount but now one person can control it all without having to move an inch.

It can carry 10 litres of pesticide at a time and has nozzles on both the front and the back for even spreading of the pesticide.

It comes after it was revealed that emergency services are set to get a helping hand in the form of drones, with the Bluelight Air Support Programme reportedly set to be rolled out to help the police, fire brigades, the NHS and Border Force officers undertake their daily duties.

A source said: "The technology exists and is in day-to-day use in the military. Drones can add a lot of value and are much cheaper than helicopters. The question is whether there's a will to replace helicopters with drones."

Whilst a spokesman for the National Police Chiefs Council added: "There has been some early work but the programme is still in its initial stages."

Police in south west England recently launched their first drone unit.

Chief Superintendent Jim Nye, commander for the Alliance Operations Department, said: "It's a historic step [for British policing]. This technology offers a highly cost-effective approach in supporting our officers on the ground in operational policing ...

"I think long term, it will be very cost effective to use the drones. The helicopter isn't always available and you want to have it available for life-threatening situations. This is not going to be a replacement to police officers, this is going to complement what we do. I think the public would expect that if we can get value for money with a drone over a helicopter, that we do so."

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