How drones boost sustainability management in oil palm plantations

how to boost palm oil plantation

Palm oil is valuable because it is a natural, renewable resource with many uses. It is used in food, cosmetics, and even biofuel. The palm oil industry employs millions of people and is an essential source of income for many developing countries. Palm oil grows well in the rainforest area in a tropical climates like Indonesia and Malaysia. Hence, it is not surprising that Indonesia and Malaysia have become the most prominent palm oil exporter globally. Large oil palm plantations require extra supervision and more human resources. Yet, it can also cause the company's expenses to increase. Therefore, a multifunctional precision agriculture technology is needed to boost sustainability management in oil palm plantations. 

Sustainability management with precision farming indeed takes advantage of agribusiness and farmer. Precision farming can improve agricultural productivity and sustainability while reducing the environmental impact of agriculture. As such, agribusiness and farmers can work more productive with less time and effort while increasing crop yields by reducing the amount of water, fertilizer, and other resources used in agriculture. Precision farming has also enabled farmers and agribusiness to identify specific nutrients in the soil lacking, leading to increased fertilizer use in some areas. 

To boost their palm oil plantation management, agribusiness and farmer can utilize drones. Drones are small, remote-controlled aircraft that have made great strides in agriculture, surveillance, and commercial sectors. Many different types of drones are used in oil palm plantations: multirotor and single rotor drones. Today, drones are increasingly used in oil palm plantations to help with sustainability management, covering monitoring, gathering data, and monitoring pests, but they can also spray herbicides and pesticides. Further, following Avirtech drones, you can use them to boost sustainability management in oil palm plantations. 

Aviro M120 drone for palm oil surveillance patrol efficient

One of the biggest challenges that palm oil plantation agribusiness and farmers face is the risk of theft, illegal logging, and risk of fires due to hot spots. Palm oil is a valuable commodity, and when it stole, it can have a devastating impact on a plantation owner's bottom line. To help protect their valuable assets, palm oil company owners can utilize drones for estate patrol. 

Moreover, when it comes to keeping workers safe on plantations, a human presence is still the best defense. That is why palm oil producers are increasingly turning to estate patrols with artificial intelligence (AI) and sensors to help keep workers safe. But when workers are afraid to report illegal activity, they need technology to record every plantation movement. That is where estate patrol drones come in. The drones fly over the plantation and use AI, sensors, cameras, and radar to detect suspicious activity, monitor the workers, and coordinate with the human patrol. Thus, plantation owners can minimize the illegal activity on the vast plantation, keep an eye on for 24/7 in real-time, and act fast. 

Avirtech is offering Aviro M120 drone patrols as an alternative to traditional human-crewed aircraft, claiming that its patrol services are more cost-effective and provide better coverage than conventional methods. Palm oil estate patrols are just one of the ways that agribusiness and farmer are tapping into the power of the cloud to increase productivity on their plantations. 

The Aviro M120 drone features a thermal camera with a 30X RGB dual zoom and a gimbal stabilizer that can shoot accurate day and night events. This thermal also enables the capture of palm oil fruit hanging around the tree trunk and its condition—coupled with a live HD streaming feature that can monitor every action in the plantation from a distance of kilometers. Optional megaphones, LED lights, and a laser range finder is included with the Aviro M120 drone to boost proactively and accurate measurements.

Aviro D16 drone for comfortable managing palm oil pest's spraying 

In Southeast Asia, especially in palm oil plantations, agricultural losses can see in many ways. One of them is the crop not produced due to pests or natural disasters. But the most common cause of such failures is the palm weevil, which can cause up to 80% yield loss over two years in infested areas. Palm weevils are small beetles that can cause damage to the young palm shoots, which results in the production of less palm oil. It leads to a decrease in the income of palm oil farmers, who are often smallholder farmers. The pests are known to travel from plantations to neighboring fields, so the infestation can quickly spread from one area to another. The palm weevil usually attacks fruit trees, but in plantations, they can also cause damage to oil palm trees, which results in less oil production. It can harm the economies of prominent palm oil producers such as Indonesia and Malaysia. 

Drones are quickly becoming a huge part of agriculture. Drones can reduce the number of chemicals that farmers need to use. By using drones to monitor their fields from the air, farmers can identify problem areas such as weed growth or disease before they become too severe. 

Drones are also much safer for workers than traditional methods of agriculture, which means that the agricultural industry can continue to operate while also improving the environment.

Avirtech presents the Aviro D16 drone, a palm oil pest control spraying management system that provides efficient, effective, safe, and precise spraying solutions for palm oil plantation owners. Aviro D16 drone is a gimbal-mounted, fan-shaped spray nozzle drone equipped with an extension rod for spraying and features a high-pressure fan-shaped spray and a quick connection. It practically gives access to reach pests or distant places and is very useful in accurately painting, coating, and spraying pesticides at trees and plants. Since Aviro D16 drone has a high-pressure fan-shaped spray, it is more powerful than a conventional spray nozzle and can reach hard-to-reach places and allows users to connect a hose to the extension rod and use it for spraying.

In conclusion, drones are increasingly used in oil palm plantations to help with sustainability management, covering monitoring, gathering data, and monitoring pests. Since palm oil is a valuable commodity, it can impact a palm oil business's bottom line when it is stolen or a crop fails. On account of that, the palm oil business needs to have precision agriculture technology to boost palm oil plantation management efficiently. As a solution, Avirtech delivers two Aviro series drones for palm oil surveillance patrol and pest spraying management. Feel free to speak to for a demo request or further information.

Posted by : Nurhayati

Published At : 08/04/2022 09:48:42


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