Tunisia Trains First Set Of Drone Pilots For Agricultural Productivity

The first batch of drone pilots has been trained by the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Busan Techno Park.

The training main focus was on handling, maintenance and the security aspects of flying drones.

The first batch of 8 out of 40 candidates selected for the exercise, that took place in Tunis last month. It plans training a total of 400 young Tunisians by 2021.

The project will also be marked by the setting up of a training centre equipped with training drones as well as computer simulation tools for drone control a communication made available to the CDA Consult through APO Group on behalf of African Development Bank Group (AfDB).

This centre is expected to be upgraded to a centre of excellence in drone technology. The training also focused on promoting drone-centred activities in Tunisia in view of promoting efficiency and effectiveness.

The four best trainees from this first batch will undergo further training for eight weeks to accumulate 100 hours of flight time. This will make them eligible to take the certification examination and qualify as drone pilot trainers.

The pilot project on the use of drones for agricultural development projects in the Sidi Bouzid region is financed by a grant from the Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation (KOAFEC) under the management of the African Development Bank and Busan Techno Park.

The Busan Techno Park already tested the drones for efficiency in managing similar urban projects.

Korea is a leading country in the development and use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for real-time data collection and processing.

The Drones have been used in agriculture to provide fast and accurate data, helping to improve decision-making at all stages of a project, from preparation to implementation and assessment.


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