Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday said Pakistan would soon announce its drone policy after consultation with all the stakeholders.
Talking to Geo News anchorperson Hamid Mir, Fawad said there was a ban on the use of drones in Pakistan and now I have talked to Prime Minister Imran Khan and defence officials in this regard and a national policy on this would be announced soon.
“Initially drones were used for defence purposes but now they are a very important monitoring tool for police and agriculture sector,” said the minister.
While responding to a question on their use against locusts attack, he said a private company has developed an advanced drone which would be handed over to the National Locust Control Centre in a few days to deal with the crisis.
Fawad said these are very helpful in spraying of pesticides as they only target the affected plants and you don’t need to cover the whole farm thus saving the cost.
The science minister said private Pakistani companies and NRTC [National Radio and Telecommunication Corporation] are doing an exemplary job.
‘Made in Pakistan’
On Monday, Fawad said that the drones which are fully capable of monitoring farms and spraying disinfectants over them will revolutionise the field of agriculture and farming.
The federal minister posted on Twitter, sharing a picture of two agricultural drones under the initiative ‘Made in Pakistan’, revealing that they have the ability to spray 16 litres of pesticide for 18 minutes.
Fawad Chaudhry added that earlier, an entire field had to be sprayed but the sensors on these drones detect certain infected patches and spray pesticides on them.
A strong proponent of 'Made in Pakistan' initiative, the federal minister has recently also said that the government intends to turn the country into a 'technological power'.
Strides in the field of electronic devices
Under the 'Made in Pakistan' vision, Chaudhry had said that PM Imran handed over the first batch of local made ventilators to the National Disaster Management Authority last week.
Amid general concern over the healthcare facilities during the pandemic, the PTI minister had vowed in April that the country will soon begin production of ventilators and other safety gear on a local level.
Last month, the minister said that the ventilators were in the final phase of testing while he announced that the government had achieved another landmark as Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) approved the country's first COVID-19 testing kit.
The Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Health had also earlier signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the indigenous development of Electro Medical devices.