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Pakistan to use drone technology for improving cotton crop cultivation and monitoring

Dr. Zahid Mahmood, director of the Central Cotton Research Institute (CCRI), believes that modern drone technology could help make cotton more economical by lowering manufacturing costs.

He made these observations during a practical demonstration of the application of drone technology on a cotton crop in terms of insect detection, irrigation requirements, and general field monitoring.

Similarly, the health of the soil, the moisture content of the soil, and the actual status of the cotton field could all be determined. Dr. Zahid explained that the precise use of agricultural interventions is achievable thanks to the information acquired by drone technology.

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“Drone could also help conserve water for irrigation. In drone technology, about 90 percent water could be conserved. Using drone also saves a lot of time and fertilizers. More pesticides, fertilizers and micro-nutrients are sprayed in less time than the traditional method of spray. It works 40 times faster than the traditional method,” he said listing the benefits of drone technology.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, he said that a small drone would test cotton disease and pest conditions in experimental cotton fields, using agricultural fungicides. Hundreds of farmers are expected to attend the event as per the statement.

“This technology is of special importance with regards to agricultural poisons, monitoring the deficiencies of herbs, harmful pest nutrients, smooth irrigation and increasing the quality and yield of cotton production,” said Central Cotton Research Institute (CCRI) Director.

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Previously, a Training Programme For Improved Cotton and IPM was held, during which specialists discussed many elements of IPM and described it as cost-effective and profit-generating. Ahmed Judit Bilal, Maleeha Malik, and a number of other scientists were present at the ceremony.

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