Dubai petrol firm uses drones to plant thousands of tree seeds

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Dubai petrol delivery group CAFU has employed drones to plant thousands of tree seeds in the UAE desert as part of its strategy to become carbon neutral.

Last year, the team at CAFU went through an R&D process to test optimal germination of the Ghaf seed in the harsh desert landscape, which shed light on certain requirements such as the need for a seedball mixture with the right ratio of nutrients to help the seeds germinate, and that these seedballs needed to be planted to a depth of 1 centimetre below the ground.

CAFU’s team of engineers have designed and developed an in-house pressurised air mechanism built into the drone, which shoots the seedballs to the required depth, while also geotagging the location to track its progress.

CAFU has completed two rounds of planting with over 10,000 seeds in the desert this year using drone technology and first-of-its-kind planting mechanism designed by the CAFU engineers in the region.



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