Spraying drones offer new approaches for user- and environment-friendly plant protection, enabling the targeted application of both organic and synthetic plant-protection products.
Comprehensive studies carried out by Agroscope showed that drift is slightly higher than with field spraying, but better than with blower sprayers. Based on the positive results, five federal agencies – the Federal Office for the Environment FOEN, the Federal Office of Civil Aviation FOCA, the Federal Office for Agriculture FOAG, the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office FSVO and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO have developed a process for the official certification of drones. All drones must now undergo this process.
Detailed information can be found at www.bazl.admin.ch/drohnen .
Agroscope is responsible for the technical tests and authorisation.
Drift, application in viticulture: