May 18, 2019
Japan’s drones to boost Rwandan farming
The drone that will come to Rwandan farmers next month is expected to shift perceptions on farming. The Toyota Motor Corporation has unveiled its plans to provide this high-tech innovation to simplify agriculture.
“It is expensive technology but top notch technology. A farmer can spray, collect flowers from field to packaging room and the farmer can also spray his crops against any pests but using this drone,” Takayuki Kusajima told Taarifa at a Japan booth on the sidelines of the Transform Africa Summit.
The farmer can just walk around the field with a remote controller to navigate the drone to any part of the crop field. “In a day the drone can cover between 60-80 acres of the field cover,” Takayuki said.
According to Takayuki, before the advent of this drone, farmers in Japan used to cover 0.65 acres of the field but this drone is fast and very efficient. “The drone can be used to effectively deliver produce from farm to the storage facility.”
This drone could be very instrumental in the floriculture business which is also rapidly growing in Rwanda. Rwanda is currently generating over $104million from floriculture and horticulture sector because the number of investors in these sectors has been steadily rising.
In 2016, the government of Rwanda and Japanese companies met and discussed on how to improve techniques used in agriculture and logistics.