Pressure Grows to Regulate the Use of Drones

In Nicaragua, entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector have reiterated the benefits that this technology brings in terms of competitiveness, and insist on clear rules for their use.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Fumigating at lower costs and improving surveillance of planted areas are some of the benefits that drones provide for agricultural activities. An example of this is the data provided by the Union of Agricultural Producers of Nicaragua (Upanic), whose representatives say that with a drone, the cost of spraying a manzana (7,042.25 m2 = 1.74 acres) of crops is 20 cents, well below the $3 it costs using traditional methods.

See "Nicaragua: Plan to regulate the use of drones"

Alvaro Vargas, president of Upanic, explained to that "..."Drones aid productivity of the agricultural sector because the cost of operating a drone is symbolic. We have to work as a sector to reduce costs by focusing on new technologies that could represent an increase in productivity."

See also: "The Business of Drones"

"... Audiovisual producers also benefit from the use of these aerial vehicles, since they reduce costs and allow better aerial shots to be achieved in places that can not be accessed with a helicopter. In Nicaragua, the use of this type of equipment has been restricted since 2014. "When producing a television commercial that requires an aerial shot, we have to use helicopters, and it becomes expensive and prohibitive, and it is a risk for the personnel who has to go up in it," said the president of the Nicaraguan Organization of Advertising Agencies. (ONAP), Óscar Amador."

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