Fahari Aviation has acquired 14 new high-capacity drones as it seeks to expand its agricultural services due to the growing demand.

The additional drones will provide Fahari Aviation with the capacity to cover larger areas, efficiently completing agricultural tasks of up to 300 hectares per day up from its previous capacity of 70 hectares per day.

Fahari, the Aviation technology subsidiary of Kenya Airways, says scaling up of its drones is in response to the growing demand for precision agriculture solutions such as spraying and spreading of farm inputs aerial surveillance, crop monitoring, crop health surveillance and land inspection.

“We are excited about the growth of our drone fleet and the potential this presents for the agriculture industry within the region. The adoption of precision farming through drone technology allows us to serve the evolving needs of farmers and agricultural producers,” said Hawkins Musili, General Manager of Fahari Aviation.

“We understand the importance of precision and efficiency in modern farming, and our enhanced capabilities will allow us to better serve our customers while promoting sustainable agricultural practices.”

The additional drones will offer Fahari Aviation customers a wide-range of functionalities, including spraying, spreading, seeding, and data collection on crop health and soil conditions.

By integrating multispectral drones, precise variable spraying and spreading operations can be conducted based on farmland prescription maps. This technology is ideal for activities such as fertilising, nutrient solution spraying, and afforestation through the seeding of small seedballs.

Fahari Aviation is responsible for launching and implementing future aviation technologies and 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.

Fahari aviation has partnered with various companies such as Sasini and other players in the tea industry for spreading in tea farms, DWA Vipingo for sisal spraying, and crop health surveillance and several flower farms in Naivasha and Mount Kenya Region.

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