A progressive programme for the safety of olive groves has been launched on the island of Crete that can see drones employed in pest-control.
The Area of Crete and the Hellenic Mediterranean College (ELMEPA), with branches in a number of cities of the island, not too long ago signed an settlement for this system, known as “Exarchos 2021”.
This system will check whether or not the pest may be managed through the use of drones to spray the timber with a bait, and is budgeted at 50,000 euros.
“Undoubtedly, one of many key weaknesses of the system in making use of bait spraying is the impossibility in a number of instances of getting a farm car method olive groves mendacity at an angle or in difficult-to-access areas. The usage of unmanned plane techniques might present an alternate answer.” mentioned a spokesperson.
Exarchos 2021 might be examined in olive groves in Chania, Rethymno, Iraklio and Lassithi areas, spraying a minimum of 600 olive timber per mission and per area.
Crete is a significant olive oil producer, and the olives are key to the island’s economic system and exports.