Africa-based leading communications solutions provider Liquid Telecom has recently joined hands with Twiga Foods in order to enhance farm productivity through precision agri-based Internet of Things (IoT) network system.
The system is equipped with agriculture sensors like:
• Weather station
• Soil moisture & temperature probes
• Borehole water meters
• Sensors for monitoring irrigation water acidity & salinity
Liquid Telecom CEO East Africa Adil Youssefi said the system takes advantage of the telecom company’s extensive low-power wide-area IoT network using 0G Sigfox technology covering 85% of the population in Kenya at relatively lower costs.
“The smart weather station provides real-time data that helps farm managers deploy the most effective farming methods for irrigation and the application of pesticides. Furthermore, the water quality sensors provide specific metrics that help the team to optimize their fertilizer application. Additional data gathered and monitored on a real-time basis include temperature, humidity, rainfall, and wind speed,” Youssefi said.
Adopting IoT-enabled smart agri-solutions will enable growers to get better information on how to increase their crop yield, according to Adil Youssefi.
Sources said the soil probes installed at Twiga’s Takuwa farm monitors moisture levels and temperature at 6 different depths, providing precise and accurate information of soil quality and irrigation needs.
This is set to directly boost crop yield and productivity.
Youssefi added that IoT has the potential to significantly increase agricultural productivity, which would lead to an improvement in farmer incomes in Kenya.
“Increasing business efficiency through digital solutions is one of the main reasons we partnered with Liquid Telecom. By using smart devices, we have automated multiple processes across the farm’s production cycle,” said Peter Njonjo, CEO, Twiga Foods.