As bee populations dwindle, these aerial drones are helping farmers by pollinating crops
Declining bee populations are a cause of great concern for human race as they play a crucial role in pollinating our agricultural produce. Their falling numbers are particularly worrisome for farmers who depend upon these pollinators for their business.
Luckily, a US-based startup has harnessed technology as a means of giving bees a break and saving farmers’ crops.
Dropcopter is an organization that uses aerial drones to pollinate crops and orchards. Based on careful testing and demonstration in America, the drones have boosted pollination in cherry, almond, and apple crops by 10% to 60%.
However, Dropcopter has to be careful about how they utilize the drones – for starters, if bees see the free pollination as an easy meal, they may be less inclined to pollinate crops. Also, bees are far better pollinators than robots.
Therefore, Dropcopter should be used more as a backup of helping struggling farmers when bees are in short supply.