The Department of Agriculture (DA) Bicol is studying the use of modern farming technologies, including drones, to enhance agricultural practices in the region.

Mel Francis Lauro, a farmer, said erratic weather patterns pose a significant challenge during the rainy season.

"Init arog kaiyan pag nag-uuran iyo ang problema," he said.

To address these challenges, the DA Bicol is considering the use of drones for farming practices, not only to simplify seeding but also to reduce risks associated with fertilizers and pesticides.

"Sa paggamit man kan drone, mas naiiwasan yung hazards sa tao kasi kadaklan kan mga paraoma ta mayo nin [o] dae naggagamit nin PPE (personal protective equipment)," Lovella Guarin, spokesperson for DA Bicol, said.

Drones are available at the DA regional office for farmers, who only need to submit a request letter to utilize them.

The agency encourages local government units to invest in the technology.