Australia deploys drones to wipe out weed infestations

Australia deploys drones to wipe out weed infestations

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Queensland: The Queensland natural resources department will deploy drones to drop agricultural chemicals and wipe out weed infestations in affected areas across the state. The Department of Natural Resources and Mines is using Yamaha RMAX drones coupled with satellite imagery techniques developed by Queensland’s department of science and information technology.

The satellite imagery technology is used to map weed density, indicate areas where weeds need to be targeted while considering the “strategic nature” of the infestation. The department appointed Queensland-based service provider PBE Services for the project. The use of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was deemed to be the most effective and the ”first strategy of its kind” in tackling weed pests in Australia, the company said.

Source: Brisbane Times