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PhilRice to Adopt Drone Technology for Data Research


The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) will conduct training program on drone technology which is seen to help researchers gather accurate data and conduct studies efficiently.

Roger Barroga, head of Future Rice Program in PhilRice, said the training program will highlight flight tutorials and application of the drone`s features.

The technology features a high definition camera, flight stabilizer, and GPS (Global Positioning System) that allows users to program its flight path. It can fly for 8-10 minutes and can travel up to a maximum distance of two kilometers.

Barroga said that the technology can be maximized for research activities such as data collection, tracking growth patterns, and pests and nutrient management.

Meanwhile, Dr. Dindo Tabanao, head of PhilRice Plant Breeding and Biotechnology Division, said that in a wider scale, drone can be used to inspect damages during calamities, monitor rice fields during crop establishment, and assess real time conditions in areas to be possibly hit by El Niño.

Researchers also said that the device can help reduce cost in multi-location monitoring and trials.

“We will further explore the technology`s features so researchers could spend their time efficiently,” Tabanao said.

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