Rice farmers in Ghana are learning to use drones to spray fertilizer more efficiently and map scarce water sources through a project by the Netherlands-based Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation.
The drones also double as a device for driving away birds that feed on the rice grains.
The project, Eyes in the Sky, Smart Techs on the Ground, was launched in Ghana three years ago originally targeting cassava and cashew nut farmers but has now expanded to include rice farmers.
Farmers organize into cooperatives of about 100 people to join the project. The cooperatives pay for the use and maintenance of the drones.
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