In today’s world, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones are used for everything from small indoor toys to delivering military weapons or ‘managing cattle.’
According to reports, Osun State intends to combat the farmer-herdsmen crisis by deploying drones to monitor and track the movement of livestock in the state. In addition, the government also announced the launch of a new call center and SMS shortcode that can be used by farmers in the state to track the movement of live stocks.
According to the spokesperson for the government, Engr. Omowaiye:
“We are launching some unmanned aerial vehicle that will interface with our call centre. Through that platform, we want to ensure that all live-stocks will have an ID. So, when the live-stock comes to your farm, all you need to do is text the first three digits to the short code; once you do that you get a response from the call centre on who owns the live-stock. From the call centre, the owner will also be called.
“Apart from that, we are also going to use it for other services like ambulance services, because in the call centre you have linkage to the Army, the Police, and the security operatives”.
Where this is applaudable and a step in the right direction, I can’t help but feel that it might take a while for the Government to actualize this, and this assumption is based on similar reports that amounted to nothing.
The report below was posted last year:
So, I’d keep my fingers crossed on this one until the drones are eventually deployed.