Precision agriculture company Aerobotics has offered discounted access to drone technology to farmers affected by Hurricane Florence to check tree crop damage.
Aerobotics, based in Cape Town, South Africa, has made its tree crop scouting technology available to farmers affected by Hurricane Florence for free or at a discounted rate.
The discount will depend on the acreage and specifics of each farm.
Aerobotics uses proprietary software and imagery from drones to assess damage caused by pests, diseases and other external factors.
The Aerobotics team has said it understands the pain, stress and damage weather can cause farmers and hopes its technology can be used to help farmers through these difficult times.
James Paterson, Aerobotics CEO, said: “While we are a profit-making business, many of us are farmers or grew up in farming communities and, therefore, want to help farmers suffering from Hurricane Florence.”
He added: “Depending on the size of the farm and circumstances, we can offer farmers our products and technology for free or for very discounted rates to help them assess the damage done to their tree farms and get their farms back up and running as quickly as possible.”
Hurricanes can have devastating effects on farms and the agricultural industry.
Hurricane Irma, which hit Florida in 2017, caused £1.9bn in agricultural losses, according to the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture.
Andrew Burdock, COO at Aerobotics, said: “Our hope is that we can use the technology that is monitoring over 6m trees around the world in the areas that are affected by Hurricane Florence.”
Aerobotics is asking all interested farmers to make contact through its website so the Aerobotics team can field inquires, get in contact with the farmers and recommend assistance that can be offered now and when Hurricane Florence finally clears the region.