Using Advanced AgTech to Digitize Libya’s Agriculture Sector
Dimitra and AI-ASA Agriculture Project introduce innovative technologies to Libyan farmers
Dimitra Incorporated, a global Agtech company on a mission to make its technology available to farmers globally, is teaming up with the AI-ASA Project. The AI-ASA Project is one of the agricultural and animal development projects established by Libya’s Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock. The project consists of 520 farms, each with approximately 10 hectares of land and multiple crops.
Dimitra and the AI-ASA Project are working to increase farmers’ yields and profits, reduce costs, and mitigate risks. As part of this plan, they intend to reduce the use of water and fertilizers needed to produce the following crops grown by the farmers in the AI-ASA Project.
- Other fodder cereals for animal feed
- Palm trees
- Pine trees
- Olive trees
Farmers growing these trees, specifically olive and palm trees, often face challenges surrounding pests and seasonal diseases. By using the Connected Farmer App, farmers have access to satellite technology as well as Dimitra’s pest and disease management solution to help combat these challenges.
Explaining how the technologies work
Dimitra’s satellite imagery and remote sensing tools allow farmers to gather valuable information about their farms and make informed decisions about irrigation, fertilizers, and other farming operations.
Dimitra’s Connected Farmer Platform provides detailed insights with its impressive tech stack, utilizing artificial intelligence, sensors, and satellite imagery. For example, it can analyze soil pH levels and identify pests and diseases affecting the crops. This information enables farmers to take appropriate actions in a timely manner. For example, adjusting irrigation schedules, applying fertilizers when needed, or implementing pest control measures.
The Dimitra platform enables farmers to access soil reports, monitor crop health easily, and receive real-time recommendations based on data analysis. This allows them to make data-driven decisions, optimize resource usage, and improve their farming practices.
Farmers can use Dimitra’s application on their mobile phones and take photographs of their crops. The application will detect and identify the crop health stage, including various forms of analysis for pest management, disease management, and more.
Minimizing the use of resources
By utilizing these technologies and tools, farmers reduce unnecessary resources, such as water and fertilizers, leading to cost savings and more sustainable farming practices. Detecting pests and diseases early on can help prevent or minimize crop losses. As a result, this leads to increased yields and improved overall productivity. To illustrate, the system uses data collected from AI, weather, pH levels, time since fertilization, and soil conductivity measurements to predict how much nitrogen the soil has. It can also indicate how much there will be in the next few weeks.
The ultimate goal is to allow farmers to reduce their fertilizer use while yielding the maximum amount of crops. For instance, some plants, like wheat, are more fertilizer-thirsty. Farmers can cater specifically to each crop’s needs while not over or under-fertilizing. This helps ensure that the farm is well fertilized with the right fertilizer so that the crop can grow well, resulting in a higher yield for farmers, with less input and lower costs.
Initially, the AI-ASA Project is giving 120 of their farmers access to Dimitra’s cutting-edge technologies. MENA Regional Director Maged Elmontaser says, “Al-Asa Agriculture Project is considered one of the most important projects that maintains sustainability and food security for the country. Overall, Dimitra Connected Farmer Platform offers farmers a powerful set of tools to optimize their farming operations, make informed decisions, and enhance their productivity and sustainability.”
Mr. Naseer Ben Adala, Al-Asa Agriculture Project Coordinator and Manager, says, “We are thrilled to share this strategic partnership with Dimitra Technology. It aims to set foot on the path of digital transformation at the Ministry and enable Libyan farmers to access modern Ag-technologies.”
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