The application of new technologies such as drone technology can bring so many possibilities to diverse industries, such as the agriculture industry. The Minister of State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN) encourages the use of drone technology to spray fertilizer in agriculture. This has collaborated with the ‘Makmur’ Program in Kutawargi Village, Rawamerta District, Karawang Regency.
The ‘Makmur’ program in Rawamerta is the first to collaborate with PT Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel) in December 2021, especially in implementing precision agricultural technology.
Farmers in the Karawang area, West Java, were also invited to join the ‘Makmur Pupuk Indonesia program’. Since Karawang regency is one of the national rice granaries, it needs better agricultural assistance.
The advantages of using drone technology in the agriculture industry
Senior Vice President Enterprise Account Management Telkomsel, Dharma, said “Drone technology helps work, facilitates work that is not easy and complicated. Usually, one hectare of fertilization takes 5-7 days, this we need 10 minutes. The time can be used for other activities.”
It means drone technology can make fertilizing 1 hectare, only takes 10 minutes. So this can help farmers save labor. Hence, they can at least cut 30 percent of production costs. Later, drones that spray fertilizer can be as same as agricultural tools and machines.
Time & Cost Saving
Drones save time over manned aircraft when performing tasks such as mapping, surveillance, and crop spraying. Drones are also used to plant seeds, spray crops with water, fertilizer, pesticides, and herbicides, and harvest crops. Many of these operations are semi-automated because they can be carried out using intelligent flight modes, resulting in less time spent on the field and saving farmers money on labor equipment.
Accurate Farm Analysis
They can get a bird’s-eye view of their fields and collect data much faster and more efficiently with drones than with traditional methods. Farmers will be able to use drones to see how healthy their plants are, where they may need water or nutrients, and if there is any pest activity before it becomes out of control.
Safer Way to Spray Crops
Drones are far safer and more efficient than manual labor and land-based machinery for treating infected plants. Smart drones also have autonomous flight modes, which allow farmers to plan flight paths only around areas that need to be treated, leaving the healthy parts of the field chemical-free.