22-year-old Malaysian makes US$1,165 a month by helping farmers spray pesticide using drones
The coronavirus has disrupted much of how businesses run.
While we put a more significant focus on white-collar jobs, we keep forgetting that even blue-collar jobs are equally affected. And one can argue that blue-collar jobs are just as important, if not more critical than white-collar jobs.
The agriculture field, while being located in remote areas, were still affected by the pandemic. But technology has been the saving grace in keeping our lives in order.
One such example is a 22-year-old Malaysian who used drones to keep his village’s agriculture work back on track.
Mohd Saifullah Halim from Penang, Malaysia, started flying a drone to spray pesticides on crops around an 11-hectare farm. What he didn’t know was that his idea was so good that he was getting requests from other farmers.
Halim told Bernama, “It is the right decision on my part which I made after completing my studies. I started with one drone, which I bought to be used on an 11-hectare paddy field, but soon after, I began to get requests (for the service) from my father’s friends and also the villagers.
“And from there, demand started pouring in during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period and (I) bought another drone to expand the service and to cater to the increasing needs of farmers around this area.”
He added that his drone was highly sought after as farmers were cautious about leaving their homes due to the coronavirus, and this made for a better alternative.
The farmers were also impressed with the efficiency of a drone. What would usually take hours to complete took Halim’s drone only half an hour, and they didn’t mind paying his rate of US$2.80 (RM12) to US$4.66 (RM20) per 0.29 hectare.
Halim said, “They prefer spraying using drones because it is more spread out more evenly, which increases their yields compared to the normal practice of using pumps. For this (paddy) season, I received requests all the way from Yan and Alor Setar (towns which are about 30 minutes from his village).”
The demand for his drone was so high that he purchased a second drone and hired two assistants to help him out.
He also added that he could make around US$1165 (RM5,000) a month, just spraying pesticides.
Halim has always been working on rice fields, but vegetable farmers have approached him and request for his drone services. He urges youths around Malaysians to follow in his footsteps and try venturing into untapped markets.— Source: Tarvin Gill / sea.mashable.com