After losing more than 50 million, the Xinjiang farmers to realize a truth
Sources: XAircraft Corporation 1st July 2016
During the past year, Tong Guohua, a farmer from Bayinghouleng Mongol Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang, China had been using XAircraft Agricultural Services and had finally understood that “If you do not try, and don’t force yourself to try, then how can you broaden your horizons, how can you succeed?”
In Xinjiang, the sun goes dark around 10 o’clock in the evening. This field of tomato in Quhui Township, Bashu County, Boshu County, is thriving in the sunset. Branches have been full of yellow flowers, each plant has grown more than a dozen tomatoes, light green tomatoes scattered on the branches hanging around, many small tomatoes have turned red, revealing the color of the harvest.
July of each year is the common outbreak season of tomato pests and diseases. Although this field of tomato had not seen a large scale pest infestation, Tong Guohua decided to start pest control already by the end of June. Since these tomatoes is a raw material for tomato sauce exported, he purchased the pesticide with low toxicity and low residue on the well-known pesticide brands in the market and invited the XAircraft Agricultural Team to carry out plant protection.
On 29th June, 21:00 XAircraft Agricultural service team arrives at farmer Tong Guohua’s farm of 33.33 hectares of tomato field. During the hour before dark, the service team members started their preparations for spraying the field. The service team activated the P20 Agricultural UAV and began their 33.33 hectares of tomato field servicing.
Farmer Tong Guohua has been on the ground, observing the P20 orderly flying back and forth during the operation, the searchlight became brighter after nightfall. When the UAV needs to replace the battery or the chemical tank, it will automatically land at the designated location, and the service team members would complete battery and chemical replacements within seconds.
Around 1 am, the service team completes the 33.33 hectares of tomatoes crop protection. Farmer Tong Guohua expressed his satisfaction with a smile and said: “I felt that your product this year P20 2017 had become more stable and efficient than the previous P20 model, it eases my mind, and I will continue using your service next year.”
Tong Guohua, less than 40 years old, is a native of Xinjiang. Like his peers, he went through the old era of information blockage. In an era of unimpeded access to information today, he also used his smartphone early enough to use WeChat and make friends as young people do.
In the matters of farming, he still insisted on the business model developed over the years, using the traditional way of crop protection. When the crop has not yet reached the height of closure, he usually hires people to operate the tractors to apply the chemical. After the crops reached the height of closure, the only variable option in the past was to hire peoples to apply chemical drugs manually.
Last year, Tong Guohua’s tomatoes farm had lost more than ¥500,000(approx $98,189) due to poor management. The iron clanked man sluggish for a long time and got depressed. Three years before Tong Guohua started planting tomatoes, he was planting cotton and its revenue had been profitable. But when he found out that the export volume of Xinjiang’s tomatoes increased in recent years and that most of the farmers who planted the tomatoes enjoyed high returns, he decided to re-plant the tomatoes instead of cotton.
But he had never imagined that the first year of planting ended in a heavy loss. Due to lack of experience, not only he failed to buy high-quality tomato seedlings, also did not do field management, the weather last year was much more abnormal than usual in the past year, which resulted in far less production than expected.
When he was depressed, the encouragement of his family and friends made him cheer up. After summing up the reasons for the failure, he decided to contract farmland with his friends and began to regroup from a small area of planted tomatoes.
In 2014, Tong Guohua first saw the XAircraft P20 UAV operating on the field next to his tomato field. Watching a small-size UAV flew, operating and applying chemical on a large size field. Tong Guohua initial attitude was suspicious. He wants to work steadily and not dare to try technical innovations that he is unfamiliar with and unsure about because he is afraid of failing again. In 2015, after hearing the recognition and approval of the surrounding farmers for the UAV Agricultural service, he held a wait-and-see attitude toward the XAircraft UAV Agricultural service.
This year, Tong Guohua and his friends planted 33.33 Hectares of tomatoes. Today, it is also a crucial period for the prevention and control of pests and diseases of tomatoes. Large-scale crop protection machinery like tractors can no longer be used to apply chemicals. If large-scale machinery drives into the fields, not only the crops but also the buds and tomatoes will be knocked down.
In July last year, there was a tomato pest disaster. Tong Guohua notice that the XAircraft UAV that was servicing the fields around his tomatoes field last year is operating again this year. Out of option and unable to hire enough people to apply chemical over his 33.33 hectares of his tomatoes field, he was desperate and decides to try Agricultural UAV for the very first time for a chemical appliance.
Prior to making his final decision to try the Agricultural UAV, he used his Smartphone to search for information related to drone application via WeChat, checked out a large number of reports and review, and subscribed to XAircraft official channel (similar to our facebook). In the WeChat, Tong Guohua saw the recognition of other farmers after using the service, and he grew more confident.
After making phone reservations for XAircraft Agricultural services, and mapping personnel enter the field, Tong Guohua started looking forward to the XAircraft Agricultural service team that will arrive tomorrow and operate on his tomatoes farm. He commented: “XAircraft gave me the feeling of being very practical, and they are servicing farmers with technology.”