Terra Drone Corporation, a drone and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) technology provider based in Japan, has expanded into the precision agriculture sector by acquiring the business of Avirtech, a startup providing agricultural drone spraying and mapping service in Southeast Asia.

Terra Drone said in a statement on Thursday that the firm establishes a new company Terra Drone Agri in Malaysia, and develops its business in Malaysia and Indonesia under the new business brand “Terra Agri”.

It said that the integration of Terra Drone’s global leadership in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology with Avirtech’s precision farming prowess has driven the growth of Terra Agri.

It also said its primary focus market for this new business is Indonesia and Malaysia.

By reducing pesticide use and achieving growth with a significantly lower carbon footprint, it said drones empower farmers to become climate-smart.

It said Terra Drone has successfully completed over 3,000 surveys and inspection projects in ten countries, while its subsidiary Unifly’s the unmanned traffic management (UTM) system has become the most widely adopted in North America, Europe, and the Middle East.

According to the statement, Avirtech specializes in providing pesticide spraying and mapping services using drones and artificial intelligence (AI).

The company’s solutions assist palm oil farmers and plantation companies to minimize crop failures, reducing operating costs by 30 percent.

Executing up to 4,000 flights daily, Avirtech has contributed to the scientific cultivation of over 200,000 hectares of land in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Terra Drone said that Indonesia and Malaysia are recognized as major palm oil producers, accounting for around 80 percent of global production.

However, it said these countries face serious issues including deforestation, ecological impacts, harsh labor conditions, labor shortages, and other environmental problems.

Moreover, it said soaring prices stemming from a shortage of palm oil supply have become a major concern.

Through these businesses, it said Avirtech has helped solve labor shortages, enhance worker safety, and boost productivity in the palm oil industry.

Also, Avirtech is expected to continue addressing these issues and support sustainable palm oil production while also delivering value as an environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) investment.

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