Dimitra drone app and platform to help Libyan farmers become better farmers

ByLance T. Lee

Oct 14, 2022


Agricultural drones using the Dimitra Connected Farmer app and the Dimitra Livestock Guru platform can provide advanced capabilities and drone data insights to Libyan farmers, explained Maged Elmontaser, MENA Regional Manager of Dimitra Incorporated. Herald of Libya.

Elmontaser will speak about the use of the Dimitri app and platform at the Libya Aviation Forum and Expo (November 6-8 at Corinthia Hotel, Tripoli).

Data-driven agriculture helps farmers learn from the past, see problems before they escalate and plan for a better future, he added.

Dimitra Incorporated harnesses emerging advanced technologies to overcome today’s environmental challenges like climate change while ensuring energy efficiency. To meet this demand, IoT-based drone technology is being adopted.

In addition to reducing costs and reducing waste, drones linked to Dimitra’s platform have been shown to produce healthier yield, increase production and realize the economic potential of farms.

With advanced, comprehensive, and clear data insights, farmers can learn from the past, see problems before they escalate, and plan for a better future.

Agricultural drones will occupy a global market of approximately $4.4 billion by 2024. The compound annual growth rate in this sector is 30.2%.

Using drones in a small farm has many advantages. For example, farmers can reduce their exposure to chemicals by deploying a drone to finish spraying a field. Additionally, by having drones assist with other manual agricultural work, farmers can pursue other tasks, allowing them to manage their time more efficiently.

Agricultural drones support farming communities who bear the high cost of large drones and utilize their use. It is quickly used rather than agriculture-specific planes, with precision spraying for optimal results.

The integration of drones into agriculture is becoming commonplace as an aerial vantage point that can provide incredible insights. Drones add additional data to the platform.

Drones are configured for crop photography, sensor reading, livestock inventory or precision crop spraying in specific areas of fields

How is Dimitra’s offer relevant to the average Libyan farmer?

Libyan smallholder farmers can benefit from greater efficiency of agricultural inputs, reduced labor time and reduced potential exposure to agrochemicals, compared to application with knapsack sprayers.

Fight against locusts
Drone solutions enable high-speed, precision spraying, reducing the amount of crop inputs and water needed. Libyan farmers assigned to the southern borders could benefit from using drones to monitor and combat the unexpected locust invasion.

Does the Dimitra offer apply to both the state sector and the private sector, large and small?

As agricultural drones come in different shapes and sizes, this applies to small and large scales and could be used in both private and public sectors. The Libyan Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock could benefit from the use of drones in daily practices through the initial engagement with Dimitra Technology, which will perform photo mapping and NDVI and RTK processing on Libyan properties. This will provide a detailed reference tool loaded on the Dimitra platform, providing additional information.

Drones can count trees and track water levels. They are useful for the early detection of growth problems and the study of crops after weather events or changes. Some drone models can cover up to 400 hectares of terrain in one flight and are equipped with high-precision technology to stay on track with or without checkpoints.

Is it affordable in a developing desert state like Libya, where agriculture is still underdeveloped?

A 6-rotor drone for spraying agricultural pesticides costs between USD 6,300.00/unit and USD 30,000. The price is somewhat high for smallholders. Yet, small business owners could use a drone to generate a new line of business serving local farmers at a reasonable price to overcome high costs and harness drones in day-to-day operations.

“Through the Submarine[1]In Saharan countries, the use of drones is beneficial for both agricultural and non-agricultural practices. In a country like Libya in particular, the common adoption of images or footage captured by drones is a key advantage, easier and faster than any manual effort. Additionally, drones minimize pesticide exposure for farm workers and tracking passing animals with possible illnesses,” Elmontaser explained.

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