CEO of HDT urges Agric tertiary institutions to incorporate study and application of drone technology into curricular 

CEO of HDT urges Agric tertiary institutions to incorporate study and application of drone technology into curricular 

The Chief Executive Officer of Hadad Drones Technology (HDT) Jonas Owusu-Yeboah has urged agriculture tertiary institutions in the country to incorporate the study and application of drone technology into their curricular.

He said the acquisition of such knowledge   would empower the graduates to assist farmers to be efficient and increase yield

He said this at a seminar for students at the Department of Agriculture Economics and Agribusiness, University of Ghana on Friday.

The seminar was initiated by the Institutional Framework to Enhance the Agri-Innovation Ecosystem within the University of Ghana (IFEA-Eco) project.

He was of the view that it was time drone usage was explored to improve the agricultural sector.

“Drones are providing services to many leading industries. It is being used to save lives and inspire the next generation of scientists and technologists,” he noted.

He said was to help create awareness and demonstrate the relevance of drones to transforming the local economy, adding that, “flying a drone is not for everybody.

  Mr Yeboah said the use of drone technology in Agriculture would also help support crop intensification, precision, plant health monitoring and effective farm management, leading to increase yields.

He said it was time-consuming for farmers to physically monitor their farmlands and also difficult for them to detect any challenge stating that drones come in handy to help farmers easily identify potential problems.

Mr Owusu-Yeboah stated the technology was the best for large-scale farming operations.”

The Dean of, the School of Agriculture at the University of Ghana, and Principal Investigator for the Project, Professor Irene Egyir, said drones could help farmers identify areas of their fields that required more attention, allowing them to focus their resources where they were needed most.

She said agriculture was evolving hence the need to incorporate drones in its practice adding that the advent of drones was initially in healthcare and media because of photography as well as for military surveillance among others.

“So if we can get some tools to reduce the drudgery in agriculture then drones come to mind because agriculture is physically challenging so if you can get a tool to ensure speed and increase production then it is called save labour,” Prof  Egyir said.

 BY JEMIMA ESINAM KUATSINU

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