(Yicai Global) Nov. 28 -- Chongqing municipality in southwestern China will grant CY10 million (USD1.5 million) in subsidies each year to encourage the development of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for application in the agricultural sector, Xinhua News Agency reported.
Drones used for protecting plants feature spraying equipment is not found in ordinary UAVs and can also undertaking sowing and other functions, in a more efficient and cost-effective way compared to manual methods.
China ranks first globally in terms of the use of agricultural UAVs with 4,890 in use as of the end June last year.
Chongqing Finance Bureau will make the grants available to organizations engaged in the operation of UAVs used for plant protection within the city, and clarified that individuals purchasing UAVs will not receive such subsidies at present. The eligible enterprises must employ a certain number of qualified UAV operators and a relatively mature UAV operational management system.