For large scale growers, the deal is using drones

Farmers were last month treated to a rare invention in agriculture during the University of Nairobi’s innovation week.Curious participants milled around a stand labelled ‘precision agriculture’ where aviation experts from Astral Aerial Solutions, a drone company, were explaining how drones work.

“Imagine being able to view your crops from the sky, to see what part of the farm needs extra attention and to see how your crops are doing. You can easily send a drone to do that for you,” explained Geoffrey Nyaga, a Technical University of Kenya graduate who was part of astral team.

Smart Harvest later visited Astral Aerial Solutions at their Jomo Kenyatta International Airport premises, and were taken round the facility that hosts different types of drones for precision agriculture.

 

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Geoffrey Nyaga is recent graduate in aeronautical engineering with a keen interest in unmanned aircraft systems. He is the current Chief Operations Officer at Astral Aerial Solutions, a drone operator based in Kenya. Geoffrey, who is only 25 years old, is perhaps more famously known for winning the 2017 IATA Air Cargo Innovation Awards for the project titled “UAV Traffic Management Concept for Africa”. He shares an inspiring story from his upbringing from a remote village in Kenya, to building the first fixed wing drone in his country with his colleagues. He is currently on the forefront of promoting large cargo drones in various African countries. Furthermore, his dream is to safely manage all drones in the airspace using his drone traffic management idea designed with Africa in mind.

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