Two young South Africans have been working on a smart farming platform for the last three years, hoping it will eventually become an indispensable resource to farmers.

The company’s potential has since been noticed by Google, which selected the group as the only South African start-up to take part in an emerging markets accelerator, the Google Launchpad Accelerator boot camp, this year.

Aerobotics was started by University of Cape Town engineering graduates, James Patterson and Benji Meltzer who, after taking some time to pursue post-graduate degrees and work in the field, wanted to start a business that would merge their newly acquired separate skill sets.

Patterson had studied aeronautical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US and Meltzer had done data science at Imperial College in London.

Patterson’s family has a citrus farm in the Western Cape and initially the company wanted to use drones to help farmers solve problems with pests, diseases and irrigation. ITWeb

Read more about the smart farming platform here.