Fahari Aviation Scales Up Use Of Drone Technology For Agriculture In Kenya By Signing Agreement With Sasini PLC

By Samuel Ouma

Fahari Aviation, a subsidiary of Kenya Airways PLC, has signed a service agreement with Kipkebe Ltd, a subsidiary of Sasini PLC, to offer precision agricultural services.

According to the agreement, Fahari Aviation will use drone technology on the farm to offer agricultural services such as fertilizer application and chemical spraying on the tea farm.

Kipkebe farm will be used to benchmark the effectiveness of drone use with a possibility to expand the services offered to other Sasini estates.

Fahari Aviation will deploy high-capacity drones to cover over 3000 acres of tea plantation in less than two weeks, saving an overall 50% on cost and time efficiency in fertilizer spraying and spreading.

Drone technology in agriculture also offers better accountability of product supply and improved accessibility of tough terrains.

“Agriculture forms the backbone of our economy, and drones have revolutionized agriculture by offering farmers major cost savings and enhanced regional efficiency. We are proud to announce this agreement as Fahari Aviation seeks to reach new heights for more precise applications within the agricultural sector,” said Hawkins Musili, the General Manager at Fahari Aviation.

Fahari Aviation is responsible for launching and implementing future aviation technologies. It is part of the airline’s strategy of contributing to the sustainable development of Africa by championing new dimensions within the industry with the use of drones and unmanned aircraft sustainable development of Africa by championing new dimensions within the industry with the use of drones and unmanned aircraft.

“We are indeed very excited to partner with Fahari Aviation, a pioneer of the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) technology in the country, in applying fertilizer on our tea fields using drones. As a leading agricultural enterprise, Kipkebe is uniquely positioned to lead our industry towards the future of sustainable farming due to a rich heritage, commitment to innovation, learning and continuous improvement.

This technology will reduce the time span for fertilizer application on the tea fields, ensuring that application coincides with good weather conditions, enhance crop yields while reducing attendant costs, as well as adverse impacts on human and the environment,” said Silas Njibwakale, Managing Director at Kipkebe Limited.

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