Airspace regulators in Africa should do more to enable the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for precise monitoring of crops and other types of agriculture, according to a report from the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the economic development programme of the 55-member African Union (AU).
The 44-page ‘Drones on the Horizon’ report described how UAVs can enable precision agriculture in Africa, by providing detailed data on demand for farmers. However, only 26% of African countries have UAV regulations in place. Others have made minor changes to existing regulations, and the rest are either in the process of developing regulations for UAVs or have no rules at all.
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