Left Menu
Development News Edition

Madagascar govt. plans to purchase ten tree-planting drones to achieve reforestation

Devdiscourse News Desk | Antananarivo | Updated: 21-07-2020 11:46 IST | Created: 21-07-2020 11:46 IST
Madagascar govt. plans to purchase ten tree-planting drones to achieve reforestation
Representative Image

The government of Madagascar has planned to purchase ten tree-planting drones with a transplanting capacity of 400,000 trees per day, this year, according to a news report by Afrik 21.

The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will enable the large island to achieve its reforestation objectives, i. e. the restoration of more than 4 million hectares of forest and land by 2030.

Madagascar is using ecological engineering techniques to restore its flora. The East African country will purchase a dozen tree-planting drones before the end of 2020.

It is a revolutionary technological innovation in the reforestation industry, as ten of those flying machines would theoretically be capable of planting up to 400,000 trees a day.

Created in the United States following the work of former U.S. Space Agency (NASA) engineers, the drones first fly over an area to map it and then collect data on soil conditions and topography, combining them with satellite data.

The UAVs then determine the best locations for seed development. Ultimately, the drones shoot a small biodegradable capsule into the soil that contains a germinated seed and nutrients.

Prime Minister Christian Ntsay has announced the Madagascan project to purchase ten planting UAVs as he presented the environmental segment of the government's general policy implementation report to the Senate.

The purchase of the planter drones should enable trees to be sown in hard-to-reach areas and optimize the results of the reforestation campaigns currently underway.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

3D printing and the future of manufacturing post COVID-19

The on-demand, customizable, and localized manufacturing of product components facilitated by 3D printing has the potential to redefine manufacturing but there are certain technical, mechanical, and legal limitations that, unless ...

How UK’s 'best prepared' healthcare system failed to gauge COVID-19

The UK is proud of their public health system and its unlike any other country as around 90 percent of British public supports the founding principles of National Health Service. But without accurate data being available to stakeholders in ...

Poor on IHR capacity progress in 2019, WHO says Cambodia tops COVID-19 response

Despite being in proximity to Hubei, the original epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic, Cambodia has reported just 226 confirmed cases and zero deaths. After seeing the data, WHO appreciated Cambodias healthcare information system but experts dou...

Loopholes in Healthcare Information System may have failed Singapore COVID-19 model

In the initial days of the COVID-19 outbreak, Singapore was in the limelight for its effective healthcare system and pandemic response plan. However, Singapore has now joined the list of the worst-hit nations and the situation is even worse...

Videos

Latest News

Trump signs executive order to boost U.S. drug manufacturing

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order aimed at boosting U.S. production of medicines and medical equipment, lowering drug prices and protecting the United States against shortfalls in a future pandemic. Trump said the...

Australia making wage subsidies easier as COVID-19 surges, PM to say

Australia will make it easier to qualify for wage subsidies, the centrepiece of its response to the coronavirus crisis, following a surge in infections that has forced Melbourne into strict lockdown, Prime Minister Scott Morrison will say o...

Oilers C Ennis out indefinitely with leg injury

Edmonton Oilers center Tyler Ennis is out indefinitely after taking a hit in the second period of Wednesdays game against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference qualifier round series, head coach Dave Tippett said Thursday. Ennis ...

U.S. Senate votes to ban TikTok app on government devices

The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously voted to approve a bill banning federal employees from using video-sharing app TikTok on government-issued devices, amid threats from the White House to ban the company. The app has come under fire fr...

Give Feedback