June 17, 2017
Written by JEAN D'AMOUR MBONYINSHUTI
This article originally appeared on The NewTimes.
An aerial drone to monitor crops for Irish potato farmers in Northern Province was launched, yesterday, in Musanze District.
The US Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Private Sector Driven Agricultural Growth Project (PSDAG), is partnering with AgriLift to pilot the drone-based crop monitoring technology.
It will serve 2,000 potato farmers affiliated with 20 potato cooperatives in the Imbaraga Cooperative Federation, located in Nyabihu, Burera and Musanze districts.
With USAID support, the drone takes overhead images of growing crops at specific intervals. The images are then analysed with an open-source computer model of plant growth, which was specifically developed for potato farms.