Posted On 25 Jul 2017
A new technology came to the most important crop of the country. Drones analyze the plantations and give a quick diagnosis.
The black Sigatoka fungus is banana’s worst enemy. It can be so aggressive as to wipe out an entire plantation. But it has a new enemy with wings.
A bird-like drone that features an autopilot system, an infrared camera and a battery that can last for 50 minutes, inspects 80 hectares in 20 minutes of flight and provides an instant analysis.
This is part of the Smart Agro program carried out by the Bayer company. Tests at the María José Clemencia farm, located at the Duran-Tambo road in El Triunfo Canton, gave significant results.
The program, according to Paúl Romero, research manager, seeks to support producers worldwide with the development of solutions through monitoring of crops to improve productivity (I).