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Japanese government, in partnership with DJI, is investing in agricultural drones

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Recently, Japan has started to invest more in the use of drones to carry out agricultural activities in the country. With the cooperation between DJI and the Japanese government, the number of ships is gradually increasing and, according to the drone company, increased efficiency and accuracy of activities.

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Drones have also reduced the time spent spraying pesticides and monitoring crops, as well as becoming a good alternative to increase production with fewer people working. According to information from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAPF), the Asian country is losing rural workers year-on-year and the average age of these people only increases.

"In the early 2000s, there were 3,891 registered farmers in the country with an average age of 61 years. In 2018, that number dropped to 1,753 and the average age increased to 66 years." – Excerpt from the DJI press release.

As already mentioned, DJI actively participated in the development of new legislation for drones in Japan. Until recently, the current laws prevented the use of ships with "new and improved" technologies. However, in mid-2019, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries abolished the "Technical Guideline for Requests for Unmanned Aircraft for Aerial Application". According to Kazuyuki Mizunuma, CEO of Japan Agri-Service, DJi's agricultural drones are being welcomed, as "there are small and medium-sized agricultural lands in large quantities" in Japanese territory.

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