Djezzy pilots smart agriculture-as-a-service in Algeria with Nokia
26 July 2019
Nokia is using its Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) to pilot a smart agri-tech programme to provide Algerian farmers with data to help them achieve a better yield, IT Web Africa reported. The programme monitors inputs that affect crops such as water, humidity, weather and soil elements, to help farmers plan accordingly. After one month, farmers were able to reduce water consumption by 40 percent on a single irrigation line.
Nokia WING is currently providing hardware to the operators and farmers on a subscription model to address affordability. Ankur Bhan, head of WING, said that the technology could be applied to more crops in different regions in Africa and other parts of the world.
Bhan said it is currently working with Djezzy Telecom and farmers in Algeria on smart agriculture as a service. He said they are helping farmers to improve their crop yield and reduce water consumption significantly. However, he acknowledged that cost is always a considerationand can be a barrier to deployment.