Drones used in farming to be regulated from March 1


PUTRAJAYA: The use of drones in the agricultural sector will be regulated as of March 1, while the handful of drone pilot training schools will also have to be accredited beginning the same date, says the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM).

In a statement on Thursday (Feb 25), the regulator of civil aviation in the country said agricultural drone operators have to observe a list of technical requirements before their drones are allowed to be used.

Such drones are currently being used in estates and rice fields for the application of fertiliser and pesticides, among others.

On a wider scale, CAAM also said it will facilitate the comprehensive development of the drone ecosystem to spur investments as well as research and development activities.

It is also eyeing the creation of a robust regulatory framework so that risks and security issues may be adequately addressed.

CAAM, a statutory body under the Transport Ministry, added that it will also address the legion of recreational drone users by the third quarter of this year.

"As technology continues to evolve and play a larger role in everyday lives, the Transport Ministry and CAAM will continue to facilitate and support the dynamic growth of the drone industry without compromising public safety and security.

"CAAM looks forward to seeing competent drone operators step up and be part of this technology growth," the statement added.

More information: www.caam.gov.my

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