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Farmers turn to drone to fight crop diseases

JKUAT's Water, Research and Resource Centre Director Bancy Mati (left) and Francis Murithi on his onion farm in Marurui, Buuri, in Meru (Courtesy of the standard media)
JKUAT’s Water, Research and Resource Centre Director Bancy Mati (left) and Francis Murithi on his onion farm in Marurui, Buuri, in Meru (Courtesy of the standard media)

 

Farmers have embraced aerial technology as a support tool to enhance crop production.

Over 1,500 farmers across Meru have been aided to identify plant diseases and other conditions afflicting their farms using the flying sensors, which are a combination of a drone and a camera. The project is being implemented by the Water, Research and Resource Centre (WARREC) of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and Third Eye, in a project funded by SNV-Kenya, a Dutch development organization.

The infrared-enabled camera takes and produces images of different colors that indicate various types of crop diseases or plant stress. It serves as an early warning system. The flying sensor is able to identify what is ailing crops and the results are interpreted for farmers who are only paying Sh150 to have the drones flown over their farms.

For on this story: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/business/article/2001317191/farmers-turn-to-drone-to-fight-crop-diseases

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