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Seen as a Hero in Africa, DJI Agriculture Is on the Frontlines in the Fight Against Malaria

In Africa, DJI Agriculture's agricultural drones have a new mission: fighting malaria. Malaria is one of the most deadly infectious diseases and a major threat to human health around the world. In 2017, there were over 219 million cases of malaria worldwide, with about 90% of these cases occurring in sub-Saharan Africa, and children under the age of five accounting for 61% of deaths[1]. Today, DJI Agriculture's agricultural drones offer a new way to eliminate the disease.




Agricultural Drones Strike a Blow Against Malaria


In the Unguja region of southern Zanzibar, Agras MG-1S agricultural drones are being used to spray Aquatain AMF for mosquito control. When exposed to sunlight, this silicone-based liquid gradually spreads to cover the entire surface of stagnant pools, forming a gel-like monomolecular film that suffocates mosquito larva and controls the mosquito population. Without this treatment, the larva will mature into malaria-carrying mosquitos and serve as a vector for the spread of the disease.


The use of DJI agricultural drones to spray mosquito control liquid is part of the Tanzanian Ministry of Health's project to eliminate malaria in Zanzibar. In the first phase of the project, spraying was conducted continuously for a month and is expected to significantly reduce malaria-carrying mosquitos in Zanzibar. This will assist the Zanzibar government to achieve its goal of eliminating malaria in the region by 2023.




DJI Takes Action to Ensure Health


Malaria, also known as ague or jungle fever, is primarily spread by the bite of anopheles mosquitoes. Over the past ten years, the islands of Zanzibar have actively taken various measures to combat malaria.


In recent years, rice paddy fields have been identified as malaria hotspots in the region. This means agricultural drones are the perfect weapon to control mosquito-borne diseases in such areas. As a new tool for this purpose, DJI Agriculture's agricultural drones are now part of the malaria eradication plan.



Through the joint efforts of DJI and partner scientific research institutions, Agras MG-1S drones have been refitted for this task, allowing them to spray 10 liters of mosquito control liquid. With spraying work expected to conclude in November, the spray team will expand its service scope to further protect the health of the African people.



Working for the Benefit of Farmers and the Nations of Africa


In 2017, DJI Agriculture entered the African market. The local agricultural environment and crop varieties in Africa have many similarities with China. Therefore, China's experience with advanced aerial application can serve as an important reference for similar efforts on the African continent.



In 2019, DJI Agriculture became the first brand to obtain commercial flight permits for its agricultural drones in southern Africa, and the company's aerial application team began commercial operation. DJI's efficient, low-cost, and environmentally friendly agricultural drones received a warm welcome from African farmers. DJI's solutions have already been successfully applied in farms in South Africa.



The African continent is vast and rich in natural resources. DJI Agriculture was the first company to bring cutting-edge Chinese agricultural technology to Africa. They actively responded to the call to create a Sino-African community with a shared future and are actively working to improve human health and well-being.


In the future, DJI Agriculture will continue to work for the benefit of farmers and use its technological advantages to better serve the people of China and Africa.



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