‘Embrace agriculture with technology advancement’
An agricultural tech specialist, Mr Femi Adekoya, has urged the Federal Government and other stakeholders in agriculture to embrace the use of technology in the advancement of the agriculture sector and enhance food security and productivity in the country.
Adekoya said “Drones Technology in Agricultural Development” during a special workshop at the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti(FUOYE) noted the place of drones and other technologies in the agric sector including gathering of relevant data.
The professional drone specialist explained that agriculture contributed 23 percent to the GDP of the country in the third quarter of 2023, saying that when adequately harnessed with the right technology, agriculture could become the backbone of the economy.
While explaining that it is dangerous and ineffective to use crude methods in the farm, Adekoya said the digitisation of the sector would guarantee food sufficiency and make it more attractive to people, especially youths.
“Drone has become a technology that is transforming the agriculture sector and that is because of the great benefits it brings. Don’t forget we already have low productivity, we have food insecurity.
He said they use drones to help farmers spray their farms and help in crop protection, provision of nutrients and also enhance non-labour intensive needs. These are some of the ways drones are changing the sector.