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2023-07-20 23:00XAG P100 Pro Agricultural Drone Launches in Vietnam: Bigger, Foldable and Cost Saving2023-07-20 23:00More >P100 Pro, the latest generation of XAG Agricultural Drone, has been released in Dong Thap province of Vietnam, taking efficiency and agility on farms to higher levels. This product provides Vietnamese farmers with a fully autonomous, easy-to-operate solution with a large payload of 50 kilograms. As a proven way to lower production costs and mitigate climate risks, XAG P100 Pro is expected to be a widely used tool in Vietnam. XAG P100 Pro Agricultural Drone flying over a rice field in Vietnam The launch also established Dong Thap Digital Agricultural Cooperative, which aims to promote the application of drone technology in rural areas. From organizing drone training courses to providing farmers with easy access to innovations, these actions will upgrade the digital skills of rural youth and create more jobs, such as drone operators and engineers, with decent income. Vietnam is the world's major agricultural exporter of rice, banana and durian, while it has also been faced with a shrinking agricultural population. Despite a strong global demand for Vietnam's food export, a growing number of workers have moved to the manufacturing and service industries. The agri-tech company XAG sees this as an opportunity to fulfill its mission of advancing agriculture.The Dong Thap Digital Agricultural Cooperative was announced to establish The XAG P100 Pro Agricultural Drone is an electric unmanned aerial system, designed for precise seeding, crop spraying, fertilizer spreading and field mapping. It combines a flying platform and different payload systems to achieve multiple functions. This technology is not a new concept but an upgraded version of its predecessor P100, which has helped local farmers ease the burden and grow more with less. Adopting the foldable quadcopter structure, XAG P100 Pro reduces its folded volume by 62%. Therefore, the drone can be easy to transport on the way by a minivan and even a motorcycle. Equipped with the XAG RevoSpray 3 system and a 50-liter smart liquid tank, it can spray at a maximum flow rate of 22 liters per minute. Its crop protection efficiency reaches up to 19 hectares per hour for open fields and 2 hectares per hour for orchards.Personnel preparing for a P100 Pro demo flight As for seeding and fertilizer spreading, P100 Pro excels with the RevoCast 3 system and an 80-liter container. It can spread 50 kilograms of fertilizer in just 20 seconds, amounting to ten thousand per day. The drone broadcasts vertically from the air and against the wind, so that seeds or fertilizers are distributed accurately and evenly across the fields for a fruitful harvest. Adding convenience, the XAG One App further simplifies farmwork by allowing fully autonomous operation on a smartphone. XAG Mekong, as the authorized distributor of XAG products in Vietnam, offers sales, training, and after-sales support on digital agriculture technology. Through local collaboration, XAG P100 Agricultural Drone has been widely applied across the Mekong River Delta, covering rice, banana, and durian plantations. A 28-year-old farmer in Dong Thap province, managing a 30-hectare rice farm, invested in XAG P100 to save costs and gain more income. Within mere four hours, the drone efficiently sprayed the entire farm to prevent pests and diseases, a task that would normally take 5 days for manual labor to finish. It is recorded that a 30% reduction in chemicals had been achieved.A Vietnamese user of XAG P100 Agricultural Drone carrying the drone with a motorcycle The demand for agricultural drones in Vietnam continues to grow. A banana plantation owner from Dong Nai province, also witnessed cost and resource savings. Previously, two workers could only cover 1 hectare of land in a day through hand spraying. With the adoption of XAG P100, a small team of operators can now spray 30 hectares within two days, in addition to reducing water use by 80%. Following the launch, some farmers had the chance to experience XAG P100 Pro and shared their impressions. Nguyen Thanh Tung, a farmer in Dong Thap, who has been utilizing the agricultural drone for three years across his 5-hectare farm, observed the new product in action. "The drone carried 50 liters of pesticides and sprayed with impressive speed, operating so evenly."XAG P100 Pro Agricultural Drone flying over a Vietnamese banana field in a demo flightThe launch of XAG P100 Pro Agricultural Drone caters to the market demand for a more efficient yet flexible farming tool. As the adoption of drones becomes widespread in rural Vietnam, it opens up greater access to diverse career opportunities for the next generation of farmers.
2023-04-15 00:21XAG Drone Eyes Widespread Use in Vietnam's Banana and Durian Farming2023-04-15 00:21More >To cut costs and reap higher benefits, Vietnam's farmers are applying the XAG P100 Agricultural Drone to the cultivation of high-value crops, such as banana and durian. With the advantage of fully autonomous and precise operation, XAG drones have become more widely used on farm. They can help fruit growers address labor shortage and make for the reduction on agricultural input. XAG P100 Agricultural Drone Spraying in Durian OrchardAs a leading agri-tech company, XAG sees the potential of unmanned drones in Vietnam's fruit industry amid the shrinking agricultural workforce. Tropical fruit exports play an important part in Vietnam's economy, with durian and banana being representative. In the fourth quarter of 2022, durian exports surged to $421 million, up 137% from the same period last year. Banana exports also experienced strong growth of 34.5%, reaching $311 million last year.However, banana and durian are usually planted in hot and humid climate, which are prone to pests and diseases. Multiple spraying and fertilization are required throughout the growth cycle, and the investment can be heavy in labor and fertilizer. Despite the relatively good profit margin of fruit crops, farmers in Vietnam are faced with increasing pressures.Keeping costs down amid labor shortageIn Vietnam, most farmers rely on manual labor to manage their banana plantations. Once the farm size reaches 1 hectare and more, they must hire workers to assist in watering, fertilizing, and pest control. A considerable amount of foliar fertilizer is needed to boost growth. And pesticide spraying is also a necessity to prevent pests and diseases, including aphids, mites, powdery mildew, and black rot.XAG P100 Agricultural Drone Spraying in Banana PlantationFarm Krong Pack from Dak Lak Province used to be troubled by labor shortage, but this year they have found a solution by introducing the XAG P100 Agricultural Drone. After the drone pilot set parameters and planned flight route on App, the XAG P100 followed the preset path autonomously to spray. It sprayed 20-30 hectares of banana field within a day, which was equivalent to the efficiency of 20 workers toiling simultaneously.In the past, this banana farm was sprayed twice a month with hand operated sprayers, but manual labor was inefficient and often unsatisfying. During the rainy season, when the frequency of spraying increased, banana growers often struggled to hire enough workers.Now Farm Krong Pack turns to the XAG P100 drone, which can adjust droplet size to different micron level, together with the RTK centimeter-level navigation system to achieve precision spraying. The application of drone helped reduce 80% water, 70% pesticide, and 60% fertilizer. Additionally, since no one needs to carry a box of pesticides on their back and spray in the fields, the health of the workers was protected. Foliar Fertilizer is Sprayed Evenly on Banana LeavesMaintaining good agricultural practices Besides banana, Vietnam's durian known as "the king of fruit" are popular around the world. To meet the high-quality standards for export, its cultivation needs to follow good agricultural practices, in accordance with strict limitations on the timing of pesticide application and the amount used. A large number of workers were hired to maintain a uniform farming process.For farmers who grow export fruits, which require strict cultivation standards, XAG P100 Agricultural Drone saves much trouble. In a 4-hectare durian farm in Binh Phuoc, Vietnam, the P100 drone has been adopted to save costs by 60%. "Before, it took workers 8 hours to spray out the farm, but now a P100 takes only 2 hours," said Thanh, the owner of the durian farm. "I used to hire 10 people to help me conduct farm work, but now two are enough."Apart from efficiency, Thanh is also satisfied with the smart control of XAG P100. The XAG One App can provide flight route planning and record operational data throughout the whole process. The drone flew stably at 1 to 3 m/s on top the durian trees to penetrate the crops. Its centimeter-level of precision can avoid repetitive or missed spraying that would cause yield loss.Durian Tree in the Farm of Binh Phuoc, VietnamIt is expected that the autonomous drone can help farmers meet high requirements in the international market. According to the prediction of Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Association, the country's fresh fruit export value will reach $4 billion in 2023, a year-on-year surge of 20%, with half of it contributed by dragon fruit, banana, and durian. Eying on these promising prospects, XAG will speed up its pace of diffusing drone technology, that is to reduce cost pressure and facilitate growth in Vietnam's fruit industry.
2023-02-27 10:42Chia Tai and XAG Team up to Launch the First-ever Autonomous Agricultural Drones in Thailand2023-02-27 10:42More >XAG has teamed up with FarmInno (Thailand) by Chia Tai Group, Thailand’s leading innovative agricultural company, to introduce fully autonomous agricultural drones in Thailand. This takes smart agriculture to the next level aiming to scale up the potential of Thai farmers with advanced technology and increase both productivity and quality in the agricultural sector.(From left) Mr. Cao Nan (Charles), Head of Overseas Business Department, XAGMr. Manas Chiaravanond, Chief Executive Officer, Chia Tai Company LimitedWallapat Kaewumpai Ph.D., Chief Strategy Officer, Chia Tai Company LimitedXAG announces its strategic partnership with FarmInno (Thailand) with an aim to push forward the cultivation technology in Thailand to the next level. The collaboration results in the launch of the fully autonomous agricultural drones with an intelligent control system. The drones are fully autonomous and powered by AI, making them highly efficient in terms of spreading and precision spraying. This helps save both time and energy and most importantly, help alleviate labor shortage which responds to the current situation in Thailand as the country is now facing an ageing farming population, where the average age of farmers is 58.46 years. Additionally, the introduction of this technology is in line with Thailand 4.0, which aims to transform traditional agriculture into smart agriculture and improve the country's ability to compete globally.XAG P100 Agricultural DroneManas Chiaravanond, Chief Executive Officer of Chia Tai Company Limited, expressed his thoughts on the collaboration, stating, "It is Chia Tai's aspiration to contribute to the transformation of Thailand's agricultural industry, to add to farmers' ability to grow more efficiently, and more notably and to instill a great sense of pride in the farmer's profession while also advocating for safe, high-quality produce and improving the quality of life for both farmers and consumers in accordance with our strong commitment to strengthen food security."He further stated, "Through this strategic partnership with XAG, FarmInno (Thailand), one of Chia Tai's new businesses, aims to tackle challenges in this industry, including aging farmer population, lack of access to agricultural technology and tools, as well as lack of cultivation know-how to transcend from subsistence farming to become a professional farmer. This fully autonomous agricultural drone will help farmers to work faster and more precisely especially in large plantations with efficient spreading and spraying. With more than a century of expertise in the agricultural industry, Chia Tai has accumulated an extensive and diverse body of agricultural knowledge, which has led to an integrated agricultural solution that bring about innovations to solve agricultural complications and issues in a bid to make farming smarter and more convenient than before, while adding value to agricultural produce."Mr. Cao Nan, Head of Overseas Business Department, XAG Company Limited reiterated the company's vision, stating “XAG focuses on developing drones, robots, and AI technology to advance farming processes with a vision to build a smart agriculture ecosystem for the future. Our drone applications range from seeding, fertilization to crop spraying, which have helped smallholders and large farms worldwide to grow more with less. With our ambitious plan, we work with strategic partners to expand our high-performance products to other countries, including Thailand, which is one of the leading export countries of high-quality agricultural products in Southeast Asia. Through this partnership, we have seen the potential for growth and development of Thai agriculture which is the mutual ambition to uphold high standards of cultivation and add value to agricultural produce."FarmInno (Thailand) is ready to launch 2 models of XAG high-performance agricultural drones, including XAG P100 and XAG V40, both of which stand out in term of performance and cost-efficiency.  Data from the Office of Agricultural Economics