Valeriy Yakovenko, co-founder and managing partner of Drone UA:

‘Drones are more cost-effective than seasonal workers’

Valeriy Yakovenko, co-founder and managing partner of Drone UA (Ukraine), recently gave his view on the dynamic between drones and human labor: “All robotic equipment is designed to make work easier, use time efficiently, and automate any processes that can be automated. That is, the person remains in charge while the robot or drone does the work.”

He added: “We see how robotization influences agricultural production. The young population is returning to the rural areas to start working in fields using modern technologies. The trend is noticeable – more and more Ukrainian agricultural producers are starting to work with the latest technologies. They see from their own experience that investments in drones pay off very quickly, sometimes even during one season, and sometimes even in 1 flight or 1 application of plant protection products. Therefore, this is a relief for businesses. And if we compare buying a drone/robot or hiring seasonal workers, hiring services is more economically profitable, and it is a global trend.”

According to Valeriy, the history of robotics in agriculture is also a story about services, when more and more service companies are being created so that farmers do not spend capital investments on the purchase of equipment and on the maintenance of personnel who will not work 10 months a year. This means there is a paradigm shift in agribusiness right now. “We are not talking now about the purchase of very expensive equipment by farmers, but about creating huge fleets of those who use robots in their work in the regions of our country and around the world. It’s profitable, fast, economical, and it’s a solution to many issues.”


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