Western Cape farmers to get drone training

The workshop on 21 September will help farmers understand the different applications of drones in agriculture. Farmers who want to attend should register by 17 September

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The Western Cape department of agriculture is inviting farmers to learn about drones and their uses in agriculture. The workshop will take place on 21 September at the Elsenburg rugby field in Stellenbosch.

During a previous event attended by the MEC for agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, he highlighted how the use of drone technology will play an increasingly important role in optimising agriculture operations.

This, in turn, will increase animal and crop production, and drones can also be used in the monitoring of crop and soil health.

The event, which took place in November 2020, gave the province’s first crop of drone-operating farmers their wings.

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As the use of drones becomes more widely accepted and encouraged within South African agricultural practises, the Western Cape is encouraging farmers to attend the workshop to unlock the full potential of technology.

To register for the workshop, to be held from 09:00 tot 15:00, click here and submit the form by 17 September.

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Some of the topics to be covered in the workshop will include:

  • The software relevant for agricultural drone use
  • Know when you’ll need a remote piloting licence (RPL)
  • How to obtain a remote piloting licence (RPL)
  • How to use drones in agriculture

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