Economic news of Thursday, October 17, 2019
Agripower, a manufacturer of modular farming tools and silicon fertilizer, launched a drone system in Sogakofe, South Tongu district, Volta region, to minimize farmers’ exposure to chemicals and help also to sow and apply fertilizer.
The drone system, which is an initiative of Agripower, would eliminate farmers’ exposure to harmful inorganic chemicals in their farming activities.
Mr. Samuel Seidu, Managing Director of Agripower, said during the product launch, realizing how threatened the lives of farmers are from contact with inorganic chemicals, necessitated the introduction of drones to reduce inhalation and the feel of chemicals when spraying by farmers.
He said drones were more efficient because a 15-liter drone could spray a hundred-acre farm in an hour without the farmer coming into contact with the chemical used when spraying.
Mr Seidu said that whenever a farmer used more than the prescribed amount of chemical on a crop, the crop became poisonous, but the drone system could eliminate this because the drones uniformly sprayed the prescribed amount of chemical on a crop. every culture.
“The drone has a sensor that would be used to determine where it ended its job in case there is a need for recharging while spraying and its movement cannot be restricted by the trees on the farm since it can bypass them.” .
Mr Seidu pledged that Agripower Ghana Limited would station ten drones in South Tongu district, which would be used to help farmers with their farming activities.
He urged farmers to use more organic produce in growing their crops, stressing that organic produce has fewer side effects than inorganic produce.
Mr Maxwell Addadey, an agricultural extension officer praised the drone system introduced by Agripower Ghana Limited and said “it will save farmers the stress of carrying a heavy backpack sprayer on their back while spraying and will also reduce the time used. “