In 2014, FAO sent a message to producers from all over the world encouraging them to change their production system, optimize their strategies on the use of resources and assure sustainability, in order to fight climate change. Our point is that DEP project and specifically the use of Drones offer a variety of interesting opportunities in the field of agriculture to address such requirements:
They can fly over the land and their sensors can capture important information monitoring hundreds of hectares. A drone can evaluate the land in terms of hydration, temperature, growth of the crops, plagues or diseases. Therefore, a drone helps farmers to increment their productivity and save money and time. The drone also shows where to use chemicals and can even spread both chemicals and pesticides, what would result in a lower investment on them so the soil would be less polluted and the properties of the crops, less damaged. Drones can also control irrigation and be used as eventual bird scarers. They can send pictures or videos showing the conditions of the lands.
DEP is willing to develop and present a holistic approach to the increase of effectiveness of educational offers in what is related to
delivering to the world of work better qualified trainees. The project is focusing on technical competences, and on the
horizontal competences, representing a set of critical competences, life-oriented and work-oriented and in strict relation with
individuals. These competences are often not trained or developed in the current educational courses and thus it’s important to develop strategies to support educational providers, educational managers and educational trainers of tools enabling them of promoting their acquisition and development by the trainees.
-To include innovative technology in VET specifically in agriculture curriculum.
-To develope a Drone Course at the European level.
-To increase the skills and knowledge of teachers in the area of drones and their ability transmit and implement it on the learning process of their students.
-To prepare students with the skills to find a job more easily.
-To train other trainers to acquire current knowledge and to prepare them to transmit that information to their students.
-To unify agricultural sector between countries.
-To convert countryside and agricultural job in an attractive career for youngsters.
-To learn from the different countries participating in the project and their national legislation, the uses of the drones in their countries and the trends drones are initiating.
-To establish a network of knowledge and exchange of ideas at European level that helps to learn and acquire the necessary skills to use drones.
With DEP project, we plan to train people who will be able to have competences in the use of drones that will materialize in:
-Competence in building a drone and identifying the required components and assembly for a proper operation.
-Competence in flying a drone safety.
-Competence in learning theoretical contents about drone's working and its components.
-Competence in training others in the use/application of drones
-Competence in using the DEP platform in order to look for drone information (legislation, foreign businesses...).
-Competence in the application of drones in precision agriculture.