Polybee: Buzz over drones that help with pollination

From robot bees to AI-powered farms, firms are betting on the greenfield agri-food innovation sector in Asia. Sunday Times journalist Tee Zhuo looks at the challenges and speaks to six players.

Agritech startup Polybee Polybee started as a project for CEO Siddharth Jadhav late last year, which he managed to fund with the help of a grant from Temasek Foundation. PHOTO: YEN MENG JIIN
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Robot bees that can fly from flower to flower may sound like the stuff of science fiction. But for local start-up Polybee, this is fast becoming a reality, with tests already being done with a palm-size aerial drone prototype.

The problem that this invention is trying to solve? Pollination, said Polybee founder and chief executive Siddharth Jadhav.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 08, 2019, with the headline Polybee: Buzz over drones that help with pollination. Subscribe