By Monica Muema
The Directorate of Resource Surveys & Remote Sensing (DRSRS) and the Kenyan Smart Agri-Tech Company (Agrvision) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop a nation-wide unified platform in a five-year deal to monitor crops and yield forecasting using a Satellite imagery and artificial intelligence innovation.
The agreement aims to bring the two entities’ expertise into action to develop a smart unified platform to digitally monitor and classify crops around Kenya and to provide an advanced analytics tool to enhance data driven decisions.
The innovation is also expected to contribute to the social and economic development of agriculture and forestry sectors in Kenya.
“DRSRS entered into this strategic collaboration with Agrvision to work together with an Agri- tech expert in developing the right digital tools and usage of advanced data collection and analytics technologies that can help the agricultural sector and decision makers in the country, have full visibility and data driven decisions that enhance food security programs to achieve better sustainable results,” said Deputy Director of DRSRS Mr Charles Situma.
The sector is extremely vulnerable to climate change largely due to the increasing temperatures, changing rainfall patterns and extreme weather events with poor agricultural practices, low quality inputs and lack of access to knowledge.
“With this strategic collaboration and long term partnership with DRSRS , Agrvision mission is to work closely with DRSRS team to develop and customize the unified platform with interactive digital map classifying all crops around the country powered by Ai with field boundaries and have real time analytics for crop monitoring and rotation , weather forecast and soil moisture to be collected from high resolution satellite imagery and specialized drones to be able to provide predictive analytics and yield forecasts,” said Agrvision Chief Operations Officer Oscar Mwai.
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