Children trained on safety awarness
Drones in Agriculture
One million Latin American farmers depend on rice for their diet, employment and income. 80 percent of those are smallholders who cultivate rice manually and farm fewer than 3 hectares. They face many challenges: increasing the productivity of their farmland and the efficiency of agricultural inputs and ensuring the responsible use of crop protection products. Could the use of drones to spray crop protection products be an innovative solution to these challenges?
Rice farmers in Ecuador and Colombia would benefit from higher efficiency in crop inputs, reduced costs and minimized exposure to crop protection products, all of which would be feasible if drones were used to treat their crops. However, there are insufficient guidelines and only a limited understanding of how smallholder farmers would benefit from this technology. BASF set out to answer these questions in a feasibility study.
During field days or on demo-plots, farmers and partners tested the application of crop protection products with drones and were trained on responsible use of crop protection products. In visits to local schools, the partners promoted safety awareness for children.
Farmers trained on application technology
Farmers trained on responsible use of crop inputs
Evaluation of new technology that could contribute to more efficient and sustainable production of rice, banana and corn in Ecuador and Colombia.
Promoting the responsible use of crop protection products and the importance of personal protective equipment.
Promoting precision agriculture for small-scale farm units through a new business model for application of crop inputs.
BASF partnered with Ecuaquimica, dji, dronesur, and InnovAgro (CropLife Latin America).