China: Fruit Farmers Hiring Drones to Pollinate Crops

A mass application of drones for artificial pollination is helping fruit farmers in Korla, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, to take advantage of a full-blossom period of fruit plants in the next two weeks to grow premium fruits, writes Denis Bedoya for


Flying an agricultural drone, Zhang Wei, a drone operator, is popular among fruit farmers. His job can be more efficient than five manual laborers using traditional methods, and much cheaper.

Korla has about 36,666 hectares of pear trees. Fruit farmers prefer artificial pollination instead of bee pollination, which can help prevent plant diseases from spreading.

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