Thailand’s national upstream company PTTEP is turning its hand to a novel joint venture to develop drones intended to benefit the country’s agricultural sector.

PTTEP subsidiary AI and Robotics Ventures Company and Thai Advance Innovation — the latter a subsidiary of compatriot Thaicom — have teamed up to develop unmanned aerial vehicle or drone solutions, both products and services.

The duo will also develop smart farming technologies, including data analytics platforms and end-to-end farm management solutions.