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Student Seeks Government Funding for Drone Pesticide Sprayer Project :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Student Seeks Government Funding for Drone Pesticide Sprayer Project

Motivated by these findings, Ssentongo and his classmates utilized plastic materials, including empty water bottles and metallic particles, in their chemistry laboratory to create a drone sprayer. The drone is equipped with two pesticide-filled bottles and an integrated camera.
Students of Janan Secondary School, Bombo display their prototype drone sprayer before interested members of the general public.

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Joseph Ssentongo, a senior six student at Janan Secondary School in Luwero district, is seeking government funding to enhance his drone pesticide sprayer project. 

Ssentongo and his classmates conducted case studies earlier this year, which revealed that casual laborers working on farms in Luwero and surrounding areas were exposed to pesticides, leading to respiratory and cancer-related illnesses. 

Motivated by these findings, Ssentongo and his classmates utilized plastic materials, including empty water bottles and metallic particles, in their chemistry laboratory to create a drone sprayer. The drone is equipped with two pesticide-filled bottles and an integrated camera. 

It is programmed to map out the desired spraying areas as indicated by the farmer and automatically carry out the spraying while being controlled remotely by an operator. Ssentongo mentions that the drone has the capability to spray 10 acres per hour. 

However, due to the lack of funds, the certification and introduction of the product to the market have been delayed. They require financial support to produce finished setups for interested farmers.

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Furthermore, Ssentongo expresses their plans to develop drone irrigators that can draw water from designated sources to facilitate irrigation for large-scale farmers involved in food crop production. Some students have already assembled prototype drone sprayers related to this project, but they lack the necessary funds to refine their products into usable items.

Ssentongo appeals to development partners to take an interest in his project, emphasizing its potential to enhance the safety of farmers during spraying activities and create employment opportunities for the youth. He believes that young innovators like himself require capacity-building initiatives, including specialized training by experts in modern technologies. 

Such efforts would improve the quality and visibility of their products in various global markets. Col. Godfrey Dhamuzungu, the Busoga regional coordinator for Operation Wealth Creation (OWC), emphasizes the importance of accessible innovation funds for youth-oriented government programs focused on development. He believes that with proper supervision, young individuals have the potential to create viable job opportunities that benefit their peers.