Rajarata University of Sri Lanka
The use of remote sensing for day today activities has come to a new era with the introduction of UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) or commonly known as drones. Drones and remote sensing had embraced many disciplines such as military, arts, security, agriculture, sports etc. The use and the applications of drones in decision making and managing situations is rapidly gaining momentum in the world as well as in Sri Lanka. In agriculture, use of remote sensing data via drones have immense potential to develop the sector. Particularly, in precision agriculture where input utilization can be managed to a precision level in the field. Even though this technology has wide applications there is less attention given in the agriculture sector in Sri Lanka. Therefore, the above workshop was organized to provide insights into undergraduate students in the advances in agriculture and how to use technology in decision making.
A one day work shop on “drones in precision agriculture” was organized by the Department of Plant Sciences, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka on the for the on the 23rd of November 2017 for the third and fourth year students who are specializing in plant sciences. This workshop was co-organized and sponsored by the Bhoomitech PVT (LTD) which is a leading private organization in the country where it provides technological solutions for various industries as well as a leading agent of drones and it’s technology in Sri Lanka. The invited speaker was Mr. Manju Gunawardana a senior scientist of Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology as well as an inventor. The students gained theoretical aspects of use of drone technology as well as demonstrations of flying, mapping and processing data. The workshop was successfully concluded opening the horizons for the students to explore the opportunities around the world.