May 30, 2023

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Ivory Coast relies on drones to reforest its forests


Ivory Water and Forestry Minister Alain-Richard Donwahi announced on Friday, October 29 that there are 28.8 million trees. Across the territory Planted in the country from June 2021, as part of the “1 day, 50 million trees” operation. The government wants to use drones to achieve its stated goal of planting 50 million trees by the end of this year. During the ceremony at the edge of the Anguédédou Assorted Forest, a flying machine was on display and presented to private sector actors and technical and financial partners. A miracle solution or a fake good idea?

With our correspondent in Abidjan, Franசois Hume-Ferkatadji

Equipped with a 20-liter tank and five propellers, the tree-planting drone was proudly presented to the audience by Minister of Water and Forests Alain Richard Donwahi. Francis Owus is the CEO of SKT Aero Group, the start-up that designed the drone. He holds in his hand small earth balls with wooden seeds (“seed balls”).

We have created this system to spread the seed balls. We can spread 2,500 seed balls in 15 minutes. In an hour’s flight, we would cover almost 9 hectares », He explains.

According to Francis Ovus, 80% of balls thrown into the air germinate in contact with rain and give birth to a tree. Questioned version by World Agroforestry, an agricultural scientists and voluntary organization. The latter in its releases indicates that the young shoots should be grown in nurseries for several months, which ensures the survival of the trees.

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In general, the deforestation efforts that began in C டிte d’Ivoire in 2018 do not, at this point, make it possible to bring it to an end. Deforestation, Mainly caused by agriculture and the timber industry. Between 2018 and 2020, it fell 20% from 3.8 million hectares to 2.7 million hectares.