Aerial information: Drones increase yields needed

Around 4,000 farmers in Mozambique’s Chokwe and Xai-Xai regions have increased yields by nearly 40% using information supplied by drones. Fitted with infrared cameras provided by Third Eye Water, the drones monitor a 3,500 ha area and can detect crop stress 10 days earlier than the naked eye. Using the information, farmers can choose to irrigate their crops, weed them or apply inputs. Fourteen operators have undergone a 3-week training course to fly the drones, process and geo-reference the data, and advise farmers accordingly. Images generated by the cameras exhibit a red colour to indicate water stressed crops and green for healthy crops (see ICT Update: Drones for Agriculture http://bit.ly/2djtJTp).

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.