Students develop new digital processing technology to detect cocoa diseases on farms


Two students of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) in Tarkwa, Ghana, have developed a cocoa disease detection application, an invention that is likely to help improve cocoa production in the country.

Developed by Ami De-Quist Sosu and Asiedu Brempon, both level 400 students, the machine was adjudged the best technology at the 5th Innovation and Career Fair of UMaT in Tarkwa in the Western Region. It uses digital image processing to detect cocoa diseases on farms, something that will be a welcoming news for cocoa farmers in the country.

One of the teammembers, Ms Sosu: “We wish to take up other crops like maize, millet and others and we pray government will take it up to support our farmers” She however said the only challenge for them will be data gathering to produce a reliable module.

The Vice Chancellor of UMaT, Professor Jerry Samuel Kumah stated Ghana needs young people who will think outside the box and become risk takers, creators and builders.

The fair was aimed at offering the students the opportunity to showcase their innovations and demonstrate how they can be used to address some of the challenges confronting the country.

A technology that is able to reduce deforestation and another one which uses drone to detect people trapped in fire disasters were also exhibited at the fair.

Source: | Authors: Benjamin Peters & Ebenezer Abakah

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