Drones hunt cocaine farms in Colombia

Drones have started being used by the Colombian government for destroying plants that produce cocaine.

Aircrafts loaded with the weed killer herbicide are being sent to search around the country for illegal fields of coca (cocaine plants).

The incentive came to light when the US Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released figures indicating coca growth in Colombia had increased by 11% from 465,000 acres in 2016 to 516,000 acres in 2017.

Colombian authorities have partnered with drone maker Fumi Drones SAS to create the unmanned aircraft and work with the Colombian police force.

During tests in the country’s Narino province, the drone company’s director of operations, German Huertas, abolished 90% of coca on 0.4 hectares.

Nevertheless, critics believe this technological fix will cause issues and is in need of another political solution.

Around the world, drones are also being used for healthcare, shopping deliveries and capturing images.

Written by Leah Alger

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