Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Exclusive Interview with Mr. Edwin M Makuya

Exclusive Interview with Mr. Edwin M MakuyaSPONSOR INTERVIEW: “SGS is proud to have launched the latest next generation drones for use in aerial surveys”  
Welcome back to Agritech Expo! We are thrilled to have you back. How was your experience at the event?
Agritech Expo 2015 was very exciting and insightful. It provided a great opportunity for us to meet our existing clients and potential customers. In addition, it gave us many opportunities for networking and interacting with many industry players. The Agritech Expo is an important event in our agriculture calendar, helping us to meet clients and share expertise.  

What would you consider as particular highlights for SGS Group as a business during 2015?
2015 has been a busy year for SGS Group. Our investment in personnel and technology has driven developments in precision farming, irrigation and water management services. In particular, we have invested in new state-of-the-art drone technology that significantly improves the effectiveness of aerial surveys, increases the usefulness of data collated and speeds access to the imagery, data and analysis generated. Across our global network we have also invested in and expanded contract research services in many countries.  

Any exciting new products or projects that are in the offing for this year?
This year SGS is proud to have launched the latest next generation drones for use in aerial surveys. These bigger, faster drones have greater range and battery life than before and they make precision farming services easier and more effective. Drones represent the future for imaging and data collection in precision farming. We are planning to conduct demonstrations with one of our drones during the Agritech Expo. Read more.....

Zambia’s agricultural sector is facing some challenges currently, including the drought – your thoughts in how the agri community can overcome these challenges?
Knowing the land and how to optimise its potential is the key to farming in sub-optimal conditions. With a detailed understanding of the soil in their fields, farmers can eliminate dry soil zones and focus on cultivating deeper soils that have higher plant available water capacity. A thorough knowledge of the soil also enables farmers to make the business case for managing crops according to soil potential and properties. For example, some soils (such as sandy soils) need less water to achieve the same yield as more heavy clay-based soils, and for winter crops, clay soils need less fertiliser to achieve the same yields as summer crops.  

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