TEF Alumnus, Ndubisi Eze is on a mission to unlock the potentials of smart farming in Africa through his company, AMIntegrated Aerial Nigeria. He aims to revolutionise agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa by adopting and implementing innovative technologies such as aerial spraying using unmanned aircrafts for precision dispersal of crop stimulants and protectants.
Ndubuisi is driven by an urgent desire to lower toxicity and phytotoxicity illnesses caused by agrochemical exposure in rural communities and reduce the future risk of long-term illnesses of a generation of child field workers. His able to achieve this through his innovation known as the FiKapSy – short for ‘Flying Knapsack System’.
FiKapSy is an easy-to-use spray boom accessory for agriculture drone applications in precision dispersal of agro-inputs on farm fields that mitigates waste of agrochemicals. The negative effect of this waste leads to the degradation of the environment along with the over-exposure of (mostly) farmers to the synthetic compounds that cause occupational poisoning. A health problem that currently affects more than 1.1 million practitioners in developing countries.
Through this highly innovative product, Ndubuisi possesses a potential to greatly optimize crop yield not just in Africa but globally by minimizing the current excessive application of these artificial input by providing more targeted application process.
For Ndubuisi, the value of what he does through his company, AMIntegrated Aerial Nigeria, lies in being able to provide basic analysis on the wellness of the cultivated land that allows farm mangers make initial predictive health assumptions based on an aerial shot of the farm taken by drones. The information from the aerial data can be used to conduct additional land area evaluation with minimal corrections.
He is able to offer a flexible service structure, customized to the region and further tailored to his customers farming behaviour, with the hopes of continued positive impact on farm yield volume, quality and health.
The impact of Ndubuisi’s is multidimensional. It not only reduces wastage and excessive application of farm chemicals, it also directly mitigates agrochemical exposure to farm workers and addresses the issue of child labour on farms through mechanisation with the use of drones. Indeed, Ndubuisi and his team a revolutionising the agricultural ecosystem, one farmland at a time!