Maize and Fall Armyworm Casestudy

50% crop loss and resorting to hand spraying options paint a bleak picture. In the 2019/2020 season, the Makham valley of Papua New Guinea was plagues by the fall armyworm. Seeing devasting losses of as much as 50% of maize crops. Traditional spray equipment, using a tractor and boom spray trailer. Was too small to get above the crop, leaving hand spraying as the only option. Hand spraying is not safe or healthy for the workers. And it results in inconsistent application. Smallholder farmers in Papua New Guinea need a large scale, effective solution to rule out a repeat of the maize disaster of 2019/20. Maize and Fall Armyworm

A Powerful Public, Private Partnership

An important public, private partnership has been formed between Rumion Limited, PHAMA Plus, Grow PN, and Dimitra, with the support of the New Zealand and Australian governments. Together, they are working toward a community based drone service model.

“The aim is for this engagement with precision agricultural technology to provide a lower cost of application, higher yield of crops, new technology job opportunities and providing PNG’s small holder farmers much needed access to new technologies.” said John Simango, Executive Director, Grow PNG.

Dimitra + Drones to the Rescue – Maize and Fall Armyworm

Each member in the public, private partnership has a role to play. Dimitra is offering drone pilot services, with pilots trained to fly the 30 L payload DJI T30 Ag Drones. Then upload data outputs to a central repository to support agronomists and the farm management staff of Rumion.

Dimitra is working with a leading AgTech data integration management company, Pairtree.co that provides a visualization platform. And dashboard that integrated into different Dimitra tools.

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