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Exercise 1: Experience capitalization
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For the first exercise each participant is requested to submit a short experience on the use of drones. You can share your own experience or the experience from an organization or project of your choice. In case you are writing about an experience that is not yours ensure to clearly mention the sources you have used. We are looking for short texts of 300 to 500 words, replying to the following questions: 

  1. Describe for what purpose the drones were used and in which context?
  2. What challenges were faced using the drones?
  3. What lessons can be drawn from this experience?
  4. Additional resources (list links to additional information on the experience if available).  

Submit your exercise by Monday the 23rd of October by commenting on this page. To be able to comment you need to be logged in. On Monday the 23rd of October, participants, experts and facilitators will go through the submissions and offer comments or ask questions. 

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Welcome to the first exercise

Sharing your experience is easy. Just comment on this pages and your contribution will appear like my comment here! Looking forward to reading about your experiences and if you have any questions PM me or write to e-agriculture@fao.org 

Good luck, Alice on behalf of e-Agriculture 

 

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My experience

Hello Alice. My name is Victor Morales, I am currently in charge of the Tropical Forestry course at EARTH University. My experience is based on the use of remote sensors in unmanned aerial vehicles (spatial data collection, processing and analysis for decision making). We teach our students that there are "inexpensive" ways to do precision farming: we are adapting inexpensive remote sensors (https://www.mapir.camera/) on unmanned aerial vehicles (https: //store.dji. com / product / phantom-4). The platforms that link the remote sensors to the UAVs are designed and printed in 3D. For all, we make use of open programs or free access.
Part of our objectives is to teach our students to do digital photogrammetry, 3D mapping, generation of vegetation indexes, among others.

Greetings.

V.h.M.p.

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Interesting!

Thank you, Victor, for sharing this information! Would you like to talk about this during our participant's panel on Wednesday 25 October? I think this is an approach that will be of interest to many of our participants! 

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Exercise 1: Binh Bui
  1. Describe for what purpose the drones were used and in which context? Drones were used to record pictures, videos from the air. In agriculture, they were used to record and check the diffirent on farms. 
  2. What challenges were faced using the drones? Law: you have to been licensed from autority to use drones in Vietnam. Cost: Drones are expensive compare with farmers' income in Vietnam. Technical: You need a database to analys what you record.
  3. What lessons can be drawn from this experience? Develop a pilot drone and collect data in TraceVerified. 
  4. Additional resources (list links to additional information on the experience if available). None, we start learning from TraceVerified.
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My views over the questions...

Describe for what purpose the drones were used and in which context?

Geolocalisation and precision targeting.

What challenges were faced using the drones?

Privacy concerns, legal and property rights.

What lessons can be drawn from this experience?

A better legal and institutional framework needed to fully operate a safe drone operation and use locally and beyond.

Additional resources (list links to additional information on the experience if available).

Not of a greater diversity than this platform... :)

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Short experience

Hello everyone. I am Aditya from India working as Assistant Professor-cum-Junior Scientist at Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour. We are using drones in the agricultural context. It is used to monitor pest and disease incidence on the ground in the agricultural field. The challenges faced while using the drones was that fog and mist resulted in low resolution of the images. This was overcomed by using the drones particularly in the evening. Looking forward to learn the intricacies of drone training from this training programme.

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Thank you for sharing your experiences!

Thank you for sharing your experiences with us! Do not hesitate to put in a bit more detailed information - I am sure other participants are interested to learn more about your experiences!

 

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I'm Edson Natha, from

I'm Edson Natha, from Mozambique I work for ministry of land environment and rural development. I have no experience or direct participation in the use of drones in agricultural activities but I have already had experience in other activities such as tourism to capture aerial images.
However I believe that something should be done in terms of legislation to use these devices in Mozambique in a legal way.
I recall a situation in which a team of Dutch researchers who were going to do a mapping was arrested by the authorities on the grounds that they were flying over a drone for unjustified purposes

 

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Hello Edson,

Hello Edson,

I think it is also wise before conducting any matter in a foreign country one should seek to understand the laws that govern the various activity, the Dutch researchers should know that. Also if you cannot make a direct recommendation to the Minister I suggest that you speak to your immediate manager that they escalate the matter. In an evolving and dynamic global village Mozambique should try to be on the cutting edge, to ensure that it can provide the much need support for developing its agriculture sector.

 

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Testing the use of UAVs for protected areas management

I am Abdelaziz Lawani and I work on the use of drones for biodiversity conservation and agriculture. 

The experience I am sharing here is related to a test we conducted a few weeks ago: "Testing the use of UAVs for protected areas management in wetlands: Case of the Mono Delta’s Transboundary Biosphere Reserve (TBR Mono)". I will present in the following lines a summary of the context of this test, the methodology used and some results. 

Context: 

Situated between Benin and Togo on the Mono river delta, which itself forms the southern border between the two countries, the TBR Mono contains natural habitats that are the refuge of many animal species, including the Red-bellied monkey (Cercopithecus erythrogaster).

The TBR Mono is made up of many sites, some of which are officially protected by the state and others that benefit from the conservation efforts of non-governmental organizations and local populations. Among the sites, three are part of the Ramsar Convention on Wetland Conservation. 

However, the sites are threatened by growing anthropogenic illegal practices such as poaching, logging and/or agricultural intrusions. We conducted a test to evaluate how UAVs can contribute to monitoring the areas under conservation. 

Methodology

We used the DJI Pro P3 and P4 for the test. The RBT is composed of many sites. On each site, we collect samples using Pix4DCapture to create flight plans and for capturing images. We flew the drones at different altitudes, used semi-automated and manual flight modes,  and analyze the data using Visualsfm, Meshlabs, QGIS, and Pix4Dmapper. 

Some Results 

From the images collected by the drones, we generated orthomosaic and digital surface and terrain models. 

1- The results of overlaying the orthomosaic images on initial zoning of the sites in Google Earth confirms that the data collected by the drones can be used for mapping. 

2- At higher resolutions, details on the images obtained with the drones were distinguishable while not on the satellite images of Google Earth 

3- On the images collected with the UAVs, we can distinguish various objects such as a five-meter-long agricultural workers' dwelling, tree branches about two meters long, and even corn plants separated by about 50 centimeters.

4- We tested the extent to which drones can be useful in calculating the area of conservation sites. Our results confirm that drones are effective since areas measured with the drones correspond to official measures.

5- We conducted a supervised classification using machine learning to evaluate the area of dense vegetation and agricultural fields. 

More results will be presented later

 

Challenges

We were working in wetlands: swamp forests and rivers. The use of drones in these settings is quite challenging since we needed "not-wet" areas to take off and land the drones. We then choose multirotors (the DJIs), and open areas to take off and land. 

Additional resources

To learn more, visit the link below. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to read about this experience. 

Link: https://sites.google.com/view/abdelawani/drone-project?authuser=0

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Interesting!

Thank you for your contribution. Interesting and well written. To the other participants - if you have questions let our colleague know by commenting on his post.

Looking forward to reading your contributions too! 

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Hi Abdelaziz,

Hi Abdelaziz,

Thank you for you post. It is a good knowledge base to have.

Sean

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Exercise 1

Technically I have no experience in using drones.  I'm still in the process of knowing and having some knowledge. But to answer the questions

  1. Describe for what purpose the drones were used and in which context?
    1. Drones in our institute are mainly used for security, and research. In research, picture captured through drone flights are tested to check presence of pest, and status of plants
    2. In our part, we are on the verge of using it for pesticide application.
  2. What challenges were faced using the drones?
    1. Safety concern and law restrictions
  3. What lessons can be drawn from this experience?
    1. As i have said I'm still inexperienced.
  4. Additional resources (list links to additional information on the experience if available).
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EXERCISE 1

Hi everyone, hope all is well. I have been struggling with this first exercise; unfortunately, I haven't had any experience with Drones in Agriculture, and neither has anyone in my circles. Sadly, the majority of drone owners that I've met use them and hire them out for recreational photography/videography i.e. weddings, music videos etc. So I guess the applications we are learning about here are either applied by organizations such as FAO, and Commercial Farmers with access to decent resources. I have asked some people in a slack community for drones for some of their experiences, and I'm yet to hear back from them. I am not sure how much standard drones cost, but I'm guessing the people who can afford them buy them with the intention of making some money back quickly...

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Hi,

Hi,

I am in the same position as you. Drone can range from tens to thousands of dollars. It depends on what is yours goals you would have to spec it and research the pricing. You can research it online.

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Dear Johnzgambo,

Dear Johnzgambo,

Thank you for this  submission, its a learning curve for all

Regards

Thembani Malapela, On behalf of e-Agriculture Team

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Practical device in Ag, but not yet at the reach of all

Greetings dear all,

I'm Marc Ghislain BAPPA from Cameroon. I'm not a drone practitioner but I have keen interest on Innovative ICT tools that can boost agricultural processes and practices.

   Drones are very practical and technological tools that eases farm management and highly contribute in modernizing the techniques and processes to follow the development of an agricultural commodity from the ground stage (field preparation) to the agriproduct stage (production of goods). A farmer, an organization of farmers or a practitioner organization can use a drone in various ways within the agricultural sector. Some can use it solely as a farm control device, a soil analysis device, a pest and disease management device, a post harvest device, just to cite a few. More and more peeps are entering into this crusade but grassroot farmers (especially in developing countries) can't yet afford to purchase this material. some still aren't aware of how a GPS can be used in agriculture.

  During my trip to Australia recently where I was invited to attend the 8th GFRAS (Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services) annual meeting, we came across an extension organization known as the Herbert Cane Productivity Services Ltd (HCPSL) (http://www.hcpsl.com/). While showcasing to us, international delegates (thanks to Mr. DI BELLA Lawrence), on their implication in helping farmers intensifying their agricultural practices in cane production and redering it more precised, they brought up this aspect of making it possible to farmers to follow and understand the sugar cane development, periodically during the growing season. thanks to remote sensing (data, usually imagery/photography, acquired from satellites or aircraft that provides a “bird’s eye” view of the landscape from above) and drones (digital cameras and hardware miniaturisation that allows Normalized Difference Vegetation Index analysis to be performed to assess crop health, particularly over trial and where visual observation of stress is apparent). It was very amazing to see how this extension organization assist farmers in their daily activity processes, train them and support them with adequate tools and techniques to promote professionalism, business oriented and entrepreneurial in their intensive farming approach.

  The main challenges that can hinder efficient and effective management of this tool is climate variability, legislation procedures prioir to defined countries and maintenance of the tool to ensure sustainable use. Thus, farmers are open to accept what shall can aid improve their living standards and community development but needs to be trained on the management of such tools.. In developed countries, quite easy but in developping ones, a "Hold my Hand" approach can't be negleted...

Thanks

 

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exercise 1

I am Ogechi Umeh, an extension agent and a lecturer.  

In Nigeria steps have been taken by the National Airspace Management Agency to bring drones into the country’s airspace system, people have expressed interest in the use of drones in agriculture, for monitoring pipelines and storage tanks in its oil and gas industry, and in power-line inspections, for the farmers, technology of unmanned aircrafts can be used for collecting valuable information, which can be used to avoid damage caused by pest infestation. The factor that makes drones the best option for this purpose is the cost effectiveness of these unmanned devices. Owning a drone that reduces operating costs and improves crop yield by giving the timely information you need for quick management intervention. Nigeria farmers predominant in the rural areas need to be repositioned on this through comprehension advisory services on the use of drones to boost production. There is need to launch drone technology in agricultural extension services and research. Extension agents need to have adequate training and ICTs support to take drone technology to the grassroots level. This is the focus of my interest in e-agriculture learning

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My experience

Hello,

I work at the Documentation and Information Centre of the Ministry of Agroindustry (Argentina) as a reference librarian. I do not have any direct experience on drones. However I am investigating their impact on the agricultural sector and also the contributions that librarians could provide, such as data management and preservation and information literacy focused on regulations. Outstanding institutions in my country like INTA (Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria) and FAUBA (Facultad de Agronomía de la Universidad de Buenos Aires) are studying the potential of this technological innovation in the field. As a librarian I must be aware of the state-of-the-art applications and assist users in locating the information that they need.

Thank you,

Leticia

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Ressources

Thank you, Leticia, for sharing with us! If you have interesting resources from institutions in your country that you can share, please do so. I am sure there are other participants who would be interested. 

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Thank you

Thank you for submitting your experiences! Don't forget to come back to the page on Monday to discuss and ask questions. 

For those who are wondering why sometimes it takes some time before your comment appears, this is because we moderate the forum and approve comments before they are published.

Hope to read more experiences on this page over the weekend!

 

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My experience

Greetings to All,

I have no experience with drones but very interested in the technology because of the possibilities. The questions that are posted would help me to do research to further build my knowledge base and develop a project.  

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Hello,
I have not had any experience with Drones in Agriculture, but i have experience in monitoring of marine mammals and obtention of orthomosaic in coral reefs; these products are used for the characterization of the submerged landscape at low scale.
 
the challenges faced were to adjust an appropriate methodology for the implementation of photogrammetry in an aquatic environment.
 
the salvage of this project is the feasibility in the implementation of drones to obtain data of quick response and at a low cost (compared to data obtained from other remote sensors)
 
 

 

 

 
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Hello there,

Hello there,

I have been away on work trips town. Just got access to internet today and can see am way behind. Just saw the first excecise and did not want to miss out and fortunately the submission deadline is today. Hope I can catch up with the rest soon.

My experience with drones. I have never interacted with a drone before but I have watched alot of youtube videos about drones and diffrent types and uses. A friend of mine who works with and agricultural firm attended a training on drones in Uganda recently and came back and shared how cool drones were. They were using a 3DR Solo and their purpose was for close range mapping in order to collect farm information or spatial data for GIS experts.

I am particularly interested in two aspects of drone technology application. In Geospatial survey of compartments and maaping in forestry and in photography. I want to gain hands on Knowledge of drone operation and explore the potential it has in improving production and at the same time cutting costs.

My friend who has experienced drone use had a challenge in syncing one of the mapping applications I think Agisoft, am not so sure with a DJI drone they had hired.They also were anticipating to capture pictures in the mapping process for an ordinary farmer in the rural community to be able to interpret but the images were lidar format.Here in my country there is no clear regulation on the use of drones hence you fly and go figure it out incase you get into trouble. But soon we will have some clearly stated rules. It is also expensive to acquire a drone as an individual.

Lessons learned from my watching of youtube videos and from my friend who has had an experience with drones are numerous. First the opportunities in drone tech are endless. We have learnt that acquiring knowledge on operation and application is the best approach to take with or without one.

 

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Thank you for sharing! 

If you would like to know more about drones and forestry, check out the content of last Friday: http://www.e-agriculture.org/forumtopics/friday-20-october-use-drones-fo...

I see a lot of people face a problem with analyzing and interpreting the images they have captured. This is something we will discuss also in the webinar on Tuesday 24 October at 2 PM UTC - 4 PM CEST - For more information: http://www.e-agriculture.org/news/e-agriculture-learning-activity-drones...

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Exercise 1

Hello everyone,

I work in emergency and agricultural disaster management of the Ministry of Agroindustry from Argentina, in the position of technician. I do not have any direct experience on drones.I did a course on Precision Agriculture, different experiences in the use of drones in agriculture. Outstanding institutions in my country like INTA (Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria) and FAUBA (Facultad de Agronomía de la Universidad de Buenos Aires) are studying the potential of this technological innovation in the field.I am interested in this topic and I would like to learn more about their applications in agricultural sector.
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Experience

The use of drones in agriculture is alien to most researchers and farmers in Nigeria. I have no personal experience in this innovation. I know from literature search on the topic that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority already has a legislation governing use of unmanned aircrafts. For me its a challenge that we should quickly ammend our curriculum to capture this subjects to enable us be at par with the rest of the world. My area is animal nutrition and I wish to be further informed to what extent drone technology has been deployed in this field.

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Dear Anselm Onyimonyi

Dear Anselm Onyimonyi

Thanks for this submission, the situation on drones varies from country to country - 

You submission is appreciated

Thembani Malapela, On behalf of the e-Agriculture Team

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Exercise 1

I don' t have experience in use of drones. I'd like to introduce the use of UAV as a tool for livestock management in the Sustainable cattle ranch in Colombia . In the course and other materials about drones find the following uses: 1. Inventory, identification and tracking animals. 2. Livestock health and reproduction ( heat detector). Pastures , and sylvopastoril monitoring. 3. Surveillance. 4. Soil, water and field analysis. 5. Biodiversity and trees monitoring. 6. Mapping and division for pasture yards. 7. Verified life and electric fences. 8 moving cattle. I hope in the future adopt and implement this technology and share the experience with you!. Thank you very much for your attention. John Africano - Colombia - South America.

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Using drones in Rwanda

Rwanda has got a drone policy; which means if you want to use drones for diferent purpose you have to have a permission. I missed 2 chances of assisting to the use of drones : 1st time , I was working with reporters from deutsche welle to produce a short story on Rugezi wetland lacated in Nothern Rwanda. The second time , my organization in partenership with Conservatiion International were carring out a study on ecosystems within Nyabugogo  watershed in Rwanda. From that time, I realeased that drones are important in agriculture related fields. Before, I used to think that drones are only for military purposes. But in Rwanda, we are also using them for helath purpose---to transport bloods to different hospitals. It's really amazing.