One of the world’s largest drone companies has inked a contract with a Welsh University in a bid to bring its drone services to the UK.
The National Centre for Precision Farming (NCPF) at Harper Adams University and XAG have formed a strategic academic and research partnership in order to deliver drone-based services the agriculture sector across the UK and Europe.
XAG, a Chinese company which was founded in 2007, focuses on agricultural automation and research and development of unmanned devices. XAG is one of the world’s largest agricultural drone manufactures with a large-scale operational centre in China.
Over a period of 12 months, XAG crop-spraying drones have flown 1,700,000 times in total, served more than 700,000 Chinese farmers covering two million hectares of land.
Justin Gong, co-founder and vice president of XAG, said: “We hope our technology can equally serve UK and European farmers, to help them improve productivity using sensors mounted on the drones to monitor the condition of the crop and subsequently only applying the chemical precisely on area requiring treatment.
“In addition, we would like to devote more on researching about AI technologies and ground-based robots to free farmers’ hands, also to accelerate the popularisation of drone application. With HAU’s research strengths on agriculture and sustainable farming, I believe we can make the most of our potentials.”
Parmjit Chima, head of engineering at Harper Adams, said: “It’s great to see the university being recognised as a leader in agricultural drone and robotics technology by XAG in this mutually beneficial collaboration to develop new agri-tech solutions for farmers both at a national and international level.”