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Seeding Drive to disperse Samar seeds by drones

Seeding Drive to disperse millions of Samar seeds across stretches of land. To quickly and efficiently disperse the seeds, MOCCAE used drones with specialized seed-dispersing mechanisms. MOCCAE spread the seeds across seven locations- the total area covered during seeding was 21 sqkm. MOCCAE dispersed approximately 6 million and follow up the important areas with one million seeds, we got result of 12.19% growth rate with time and cost efficiency.

Innovation Summary

Innovation Overview

We use the following "ingredients" for our innovation:

  • 5 Seeding Drone (VTOL UAV drone)
  • Acasi seeds
  • Water for seeds Soak
  • Fly over the areas from 64 – 75 meters
  • speed 34 – 45 km/h
  • Seed Dispensing Rate :5,000 – 10,000 seeds/minutes (500000 seeds daily)
  • Time consumed for spread 13 days with the preparations (8 days flight)

Innovation Description

What Makes Your Project Innovative?

No body used the same technology to spread this kind of seeds. Its cost is 1/10 compared with the regular tradition planting methods.

What is the current status of your innovation?

We did the spread at 2020 we follow up the growth rate over two years 2021-2022. Now we got the result and we took will go for using this technology for next year as business as usual.

Innovation Development

Collaborations & Partnerships

  • Citizens: the seeds were donated from local farmers
  • Cost: private sector donate for the cost of the project
  • We use MOCCAE employees with a specialist drone pilots to transfer the knowledge

Users, Stakeholders & Beneficiaries

The citizen donate the seeds because they know the benefit of this trees to there life as:

  • Carbon dioxide absorption
  • Wildlife development
  • Bee habitat development

The private sector make this donation as there social responsibility for carbon dioxide absorption that may there business cause.

Innovation Reflections

Results, Outcomes & Impacts

MOCCAE conducted a follow-up field survey to ascertain the growth status of the seeds dispersed. Through finding the growth rate, this report also reveals the environmental challenges faced by the seedlings and their impact. MOCCAE conducted a second follow-up field survey in the year 2022 to ascertain the growth status of the seeds dispersed in 2020. A total of 583 (14,575 sqm) spots were selected at random to collect a sample set of data.

While the sample data cannot yield conclusive results, it can help us estimate the growth rate. which we got result of ,inspections were conducted by ground teams who picked spots at random, called Sample Spots. Each sample spot measures in approximately 25 sqm- here are our findings. we can determine that the growth rate is between 3 to 15%, a wide range. This growth is lesser in comparison with the previous year (2021) inspection. The varying growth rate suggests that environmental factors, nature and artificial.

Challenges and Failures

Natural challenges are:

  • Floods: Recently seeded areas are especially prone to flood damage.
  • Sandstorms: Strong winds are a significant contributor to damaged topsoil and uprooted seeds
  • Geographical Limitations, Wildlife: The wildlife in the surrounding areas posed a significant threat to the seeds and saplings.
  • Birds would consume the newly planted seeds, and camels would uproot and eat the growing saplings.

Artificial challenges are:

  • Road Construction and Maintenance
  • Cellphone tower construction
  • Farmhouses: Cattle and other livestock pose another challenge to growing plants.
  • Re-soiling: A process through which eroded topsoil is replenished by adding a new line of soil.

Conditions for Success

We got best result on various location because its rich with underground water. For instance, in location Siji 1 we got growth rate of 22.59% and location Blida we got growth rate 24, which implies an inrease of 48%.


We studied this project we found that the countries that have forest use normal plane to seed the forest affected by nature disasters with high cost and with high security conditions that's why we try use the drones on large areas.

Lessons Learned

  • Expand the use of drones in agriculture specially local seed at open areas .
  • Choose locations far from private farms, animal root, rain torrential, and constructions.
  • Choose to start spread the seeds beginning of winter and rain season
  • More efforts to prepare the seeds before spread it over locations by using Sulfuric acid
  • Try to experiment the Ghaf seeds and other kind of local trees that can grow
Year: 2022
Level of Government: National/Federal government


  • Implementation - making the innovation happen
  • Evaluation - understanding whether the innovative initiative has delivered what was needed
  • Diffusing Lessons - using what was learnt to inform other projects and understanding how the innovation can be applied in other ways

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Date Published:

27 January 2023

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