Journalist, Phd in Science
How DroneUA helps Ukrainian farmers to boost harvest and enhance organic production
Founded in 2014 by Valerii Iakovenko and Fevzi Ametov, DroneUA is an international system integrator of unmanned aerial vehicles. Being the importer and distributor of the most popular drones equipment and software products on the market – XAG, DJI, Parrot, Pix4D, Micasense. etc, the company also consists of engineering, production, and data center divisions. DroneUA provides tech and robotics solutions for agricultural, telecommunication, mining industry, and development businesses.
With a team of high-skilled tech professionals the company could scan territories, create orthophoto plans, 3D models, providing geodetic works, application of drones in precision farming (farming management concept based on observing, measuring and responding to inter and intra-field variability in crops).
Due to the professional equipped drones which have GPS, sensors and cameras for detecting problems, unmanned aerial vehicles collect data that analyze using artificial intelligence and other software. DroneUA has its own division for processing satellite data and drone data where the tech specialists use machine learning technologies and visual pattern recognition to create their own methods and algorithms for information processing.
DroneUA opened a center for the development of new technological solutions with the main focus in robotics and adaptation of unmanned technologies under new standard sensors or payloads.
What was the challenge?
For a long time, Ukrainian farmers have been unable to apply plant protection products (PPP) due to high soil moisture. In the critical phases of plant development, it is essential to make plant protection products in time, but there are situations when it is impossible to work on the field via ground equipment (tractors, sprayers, cultivators). For example, sprayers begin to sink in dirt and wet ground. Accordingly, the process of applying PPP is stopped, which has negative impact on the future harvest.
The use of drones solve this problem. Since 2019, spraying drones began active development in Ukraine, when unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are used to apply pesticides to the fields of Ukrainian farmers.
Drones provide timely spraying and do not depend on soil moisture. At the same time, they allow farmers to get maximum efficiency in the implementation of technological maps.
As part of the introduction of PPE, drones provide comprehensive plant protection. Immediately before applying, the field is prepared for work – perform contour measurements, mark all potentially dangerous areas or obstacles. Drones make tank mixes, where both herbicides and fungicides are used – drones can apply almost all pesticides.
Special thanks to the DroneUA team for comprehensive support and assistance!
The project “Boosting local traditional industries with IT capacities” is implementing by TechUkraine in partnership with APPAU – Association of Industrial Automation of Ukraine, International Association Culture&Creativity Association with the financial support of the German government through GIZ that aims to increase the competitiveness of traditional industries in strong collaboration with Ukrainian IT companies.