THE Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) will develop a policy that will encompass all users of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones.
His Minister Datuk Seri, Dr Adham Baba, said Mosti, the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) and the Ministry of Transport were in discussions with stakeholders affected by private sector drones, including education groups.
“We are aware of the issues regarding the payment and license application for drones in the country, and we are engaging with all industry players to get their feedback on the matter so that we can develop a policy that will benefit all.
“Discussions include concerns about the registration and enforcement of drones,” he said.
He added that the policy would provide clear guidelines on drone flying among enthusiasts and those in the agricultural sector.
Dr Adham said the ministry wanted to ensure drone users – including farmers who use it for agricultural purposes, as well as drone racing pilots – operate within the law.
“Most of the concerns are about regulations under different agencies, which are not standardized,” he said, adding that Mosti was looking at the matter on a case-by-case basis.
The general manager of the drone services company for agriculture and crop fertilization, Kapten Drones, Asyraf Fudhail Abu Bakar, said most of the drones in the country are used in pineapple, banana, padi and oil palms.
“The potential of the drone industry is enormous.
“Someday we might even use drones to plant and harvest crops, which means 100% of our farm work will be automated.
“The main issue right now is the drone’s battery capacity.
“I hope we can find a better solution in the future,” he said, adding that drones used in the plantations, depending on their capacity, could cost between RM30,000 and RM70,000.
A single drone with a fertilizer capacity of 10 liters could cover up to 24 hectares of land in a day, Asyraf Fudhail said.
“Even real estate companies and the oil and gas industry use drones for inspection, aerial mapping, 3D modeling and surveying.
“There is also ongoing research for underwater drones equipped with sonar for underwater inspection, so there are still unexplored segments to explore in the drone industry,” he added. .
Asyraf Fudhail said Kapten Drones is working on connecting drones using the Internet of Things (IoT).
“If we manage to do this, the drones will be able to work independently on the basis of the data provided to them and thanks to its artificial intelligence to deploy solutions such as crop fertilization or crop replanting,” he said. -he declares.
Teluk Penyabong Resort Senior Manager Fahmi Abd Malik used drones to film promotional videos and photos of the resort in Mersing.
“The drone technology has helped us attract visitors.
“The drone not only promotes the facilities, but also captures images of nearby natural attractions,” he said, adding that the drone videos gave a bird’s-eye view of an area. that couldn’t be done with ordinary cameras.