Miyazaki Govt Developing System for Forestry Labor Saving

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Miyazaki, Jan. 25 (Jiji Press)--The Miyazaki prefectural government is developing a high-technology system to help save labor in Japan's forestry industry saddled with a lack of successors.

To save labor on weed clearance, the Miyazaki government hopes to establish the system to spray herbicide around saplings from an unmanned helicopter using global positioning technology.

The Miyazaki government aims to put the system into practical use in fiscal 2020. If realized, it would be the first such system to be commercialized in Japan, according to prefectural officials.

The southwestern prefecture is the country's largest producer of cedar logs. The amount of trees cut down is growing on rising demand for wood.

Weed clearance is grueling work that must be undertaken for six years after saplings are planted to replace felled trees.

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