The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society and the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa) recently launched the 1 Tambon 1 Digital (Chumchon Drone Jai) Project aimed at enhancing knowledge and understanding as well as imparting proven skills related to the use and maintenance of drones for agricultural purposes to communities and farmers across Thailand.
The project also seeks to promote the transformation of traditional businesses to centres for drone-based agricultural services. It is anticipated that there will be a total of 50 service centres throughout the country within one year of project implementation, which will propel 500 communities to use drones for their agricultural activities and generate an economic value of no less than 350 million baht.
Prasert Jantararuangtong presided over the opening ceremony of the project at Chulalongkorn University Centenary Park with Asst Prof Dr Nuttapon Nimmanphatcharin and Dr Preesan Rakwatin.
In addition, Prasert announced joint cooperation in six areas, including developing courses for piloting or launching unmanned and long range RC aircraft; promoting and supporting the use of digital technology and innovation for community groups in the production chain; researching and developing the nation's defence industry; developing the unmanned aircraft industry; urging communities to apply drone technology to agricultural activities; and developing courses for drone repair and maintenance between depa and affiliate networks.
Networks involved in 1 Tambon 1 Digital (Chumchon Drone Jai) Project comprise the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand; the Civil Aviation Training Center; Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives; Department of Agriculture; Defense Technology Institute; Professional Qualification Institute; Kasetsart University; Suranaree University of Technology and drone operators in Thailand.
Prasert Jantararuangtong and Asst Prof Dr Nuttapon Nimmanphatcharin.
A drone demonstration.