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FAO Myanmar promotes the use of drones to enhance disaster risk reduction

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FAO Myanmar is promoting the usage of drones to enhance disaster risk reduction and disaster risk management in the agriculture sector. The project is conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI) of Myanmar and the Myanmar Aerospace Engineering University (MAEU) of the Ministry of Education.

A training of 30 experts of the newly established MOALI Drone Mapping Team on the application of drone mapping technology for didaster risk reduction in agriculture was organized.

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“By using drones we will be able to update the maps, measure the fields and health of the crops. It can be done by analyzing quality images taken by the drones“, said U Nay Win, Assistant Director, Department of Agriculture (DoA), MOALI. “This is definitely useful training for the future”.

Drone usage was first initiated by FAO Myanmar in September 2016 following the monsoon floods in Magway region. The actual collaboration is based on FAO’s experience in the Philippines and was made possible through financial support from the Government of Japan and UN CERF.

Source: FAO Myanmar