A pilot project to survey agricultural areas using drones has been launched by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.
It will start next week in Fujairah where a number of local drone companies will map the 500 square kilometre Wadi Al Khib area.
Data will be collected on the number of greenhouses, farm buildings, wells, soil type and livestock population. Also compiled will be information on beehives, geographical boundaries, crops and the number of palm trees.
“Using a drone-enabled aerial mapping system is the ideal solution to generate high-resolution, highly-efficient aerial data, including topographic mapping, contouring, vector mapping and textured 3-D city models," said Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi, the Minister of Climate Change and Environment..
“We hope through this project to create a highly-accurate agricultural database that supports decision making and forward planning — [this is] particularly important if we are to achieve outstanding outcomes in precision agriculture.”