With support from Cameroon UNDP accelerated laboratory, farmers in Tambe in Cameroon’s Centre region were provided with drones and artificial intelligence technology that they use to monitor the myriad of diseases affecting their cocoa crop.
Cameroon drone inventor William Elong is working with the farmers to provide data on pest and disease detection, enabling them to apply chemicals on time. Antoine Mani Tonye, a cocoa farmer in Ebolowa, Cameroon’s South region, says he can now tell if a cocoa pod will do well at maturity or not thanks to artificial intelligence that provides farmers with frequent updated data on present or potential disease attack.
Farmers also say they have seen healthy yields and an improvement in their income since they began planting a disease-resistant variety developed in a laboratory and receiving information from drone surveillance.
They say over 30 percent of production losses are caused by pests and diseases but with the drone surveillance, they are able to prevent massive destruction of crops.