Two well-known Ghanaian ICT for Agriculture companies, Syecomp Ghana Ltd and Farmerline Ltd, are set to fully deploy Unamanned Aerial Vehicles-UAVs ( popularly known as drones) to improve the agricultural sector in Ghana.
This was made known to AgricInGhana.com via Twitter feed.
The initiative is supported through financial and technical support from the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Co-operation ACP-EU (CTA), an institution based in The Netherlands and AIRINOV, a France-based company regarded as a leader in the drone for Agriculture (droneAg) sector. This initiative is in line with the framework of CTA’s Global ICT for Agriculture (ICT4Ag) project.
Additionally, the two companies will go through intensive UAV governance and related analytical systems training in order to fully deploy the drone technology to benefit Ghana’s agricultural value chain activities. Four other African countries (and related ICT companies) are also involved in this initiative. They include: Tanzania, Benin, Uganda, and The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) – or drone-based systems – offer a range of exciting opportunities for improving management of crops, livestock, fisheries, forests and other natural resources. Small-scale farming needs to become more productive, more sustainable and more profitable. UAS services can help make this possible by bringing some of the tools of precision farming to associations of smallholders growing the same crops, in addition to medium and large scale agricultural enterprises.
The two companies are expected to start the service in April this year (2017) and will work with a range of agricultural enterprises, and smallholder farmers to explore maximum use of the technology. They are expected to offer to small scale farmers
- near-real-time information to monitor their crop health (density, height, nutrient or water stress),
- crop yield forecasting,
- sense soil characteristics (Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), Potassium (K), etc.), and
- identify and react quicker to threats (weeds, pests, fungi).
About Syecomp Ghana Ltd:
Syecomp Ghana Ltd is a technology driven, social impact Geospatial Company incorporated in Ghana and primarily focuses on enhancing agriculture through ICT and advanced geospatial solutions, research and knowledge management. Syecomp specializes in the acquisition, processing, analysis and synthesis of Geospatial data for various applications using Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS). Syecomp Ghana Ltd also provide support for various actors across and along value chains in new dynamics of gathering data and disseminating information via SMS and voice to improve farm productivity, income and efficiency of operations.
About Farmerline Ltd:
Farmerline is a Ghanaian social business working to transform the lives of millions of farmers. The company deploys mobile and web technologies that brings farming advice, weather forecasts, market information and financial tips to farmers who are traditionally out-of-reach due to barriers in connectivity, illiteracy, and language. Farmerline thus aim to bridge the information gap by providing a seasonal subscription service that offers smallholder farmers access via their mobile phones to critical agricultural information, all in their local language (and by voice for those customers that have low-literacy) for easy understanding
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