The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Rural Transformation, has been collaborating with the Taiwanese Technical Mission from Monday 7th August, to conduct demonstrations on the use of an Un-manned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), or Drone, for field crop survey.

The activity forms part of the Ministry’s efforts to assess technologies which will strengthen its Geographical Information System (GIS), capabilities, to more precisely forecast agricultural production, manage forestry resources, as well as conduct more precise storm damage assessments, following the passage of tropical systems.

The demonstrations are being done in the Marriaqua Valley, Greiggs, South Rivers, Orange Hill, Rabacca and Langley Park, until Thursday 10th August.  The UAV demonstrations will be followed by a workshop on Field Crop Survey and Methodology, to take place at Computec in Kingstown, from Friday 11th – Monday 14th August.

A presentation of the results of the Survey will be made to participants on Tuesday 15th August at the e-Government Training Room, Kingstown.

The demonstration and workshop will target GIS Officers from the Forestry Department and the GIS Unit; Ministry of Housing; Agricultural Extension Officers from the Extension and Advisory Services; and Officers and Data Collectors from the Agricultural Planning Unit; Lands and Surveys Department; and the Ministry of Economic Planning.

 

SOURCE: NBC

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