In an effort to create sustainable food for the future, a small group of farmers in New Zealand have developed a drone that can grow an average of 25,000 pounds of produce per week.
The pilot program is one of many projects the country is experimenting with, with the goal of becoming a global leader in the field of drone agriculture.
The farmers who use the drones say they can produce food that is better for the environment than conventional methods, which can kill millions of birds, pollute waterways and cause thousands of dollars in damage to crops.
The drones, called “farmbots,” are programmed to plant seeds and grow the crop.
They are not autonomous, however, and will need to be controlled by human hands or drones.
The first farmers to test the drone in their area in the southern New Zealand town of Mangere are hoping to expand the program to other locations.
The drone farmers say they will use the technology to help farmers get to know each other better.
Farmbot is a self-balancing vehicle that rotates at a speed of up to 100 miles per hour and is able to move on land with little to no impact on the environment.
It can also be programmed to move to other crops, depending on the time of year.
The farmbots are used to spray, prune and mulch, which the farmers say improves yields and reduces costs.
A few hundred farmers are now using the drones to test their crops.
They hope to spread the technology in the future to help make their own crops more sustainable.