April 05, 2023: Earlier today, the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries (MALF) announced its receipt of a state-of-the-art Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) from the Ministry of Digital Transformation (MDT), during a brief handover ceremony which took place at MALF’s Head Office in Chaguanas. This remarkable technology will enable the Ministry, through its Surveys and Mapping Division, to achieve progress in land management and fulfill its obligations under the Land Surveyors Act No. 33 of 1996, Part III Section 13 (D and E).
Minister Kazim Hosein expressed his gratitude to his Cabinet colleague, the Minister of Digital Transformation, Senator the Honourable Hassel Bacchus and by extension, the MDT, for the generous donation of the UAV, saying, “this marks the beginning of a new era for our Surveys and Mapping Division.” Since the last comprehensive aerial survey and mapping exercise on a national scale in 2014, the demand for current imagery for various purposes such as monitoring state lands, property valuation, flood mitigation and coastal monitoring, has grown significantly. During his address, Minister Hosein remarked, “The inclusion of this UAV in our arsenal will not only meet this growing demand but will also lead to more frequent updates of our map base, ensuring its accuracy and relevance.” He further added that with the UAV’s Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) as well as its photogrammetry capabilities, the Ministry can now efficiently and economically survey small geographic areas, providing timely and accurate data for a wide range of applications.
Also attending the handover ceremony was Minister Bacchus, who commended the work performed by MALF’s Surveys and Mapping Division and encouraged the Ministry’s personnel to efficiently utilize the UAV.
Following the formal segment of the programme, a flight simulation exercise was conducted by the pilots in order to demonstrate the UAV’s effectiveness and efficiency.