Small-scale farmers in Africa often find themselves in a cycle of unproductivity and low yields. Most of the reasons for this recurring predicament could be circumvented by one thing: Access to information and support. This is what Cameroonian startup Agrix Tech is solving. Agrix Tech automates the delivery of advisory services, making them accessible and affordable to small-scale farmers and helping them to prevent crop diseases. Thanks to Agrix Tech’s AI-based platform, farmers can also detect crop diseases and propose sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions to the millions of small-scale farmers in Africa.
The Food Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations estimates that annually between 20 to 40 percent of global crop production is lost to pests. Each year, plant diseases cost the global economy around $220 billion and invasive insects around US$70 billion. This is why the rise of tech solutions designed to solve biological and digital problems in agriculture is a welcome development. Africa’s growing population cannot afford to keep losing produce especially when the population looks set to double by 2050.
Agrix Tech has built a tool that does 3 main things: it detects, diagnoses, and provides treatment recommendations for plant diseases. Once a farmer downloads the app on the Play store, they are able to take a picture of any suspected crop disease. While the app identifies the disease and advises on the best course of action, it also serves as a farm monitoring tool, helping farmers to properly monitor the healthy growth of their crops by reminding them of activities that they should undertake on their farm at different stages. To further ensure that farmers have access even in the most remote areas where internet connectivity is also a challenge, the app is designed to work offline. Agrix Tech is also taking things up a notch by adding a project management feature that helps farmers prevent crop diseases by taking key steps ahead of time and performing risk assessments. The AI helps farmers to choose the right crops for their specific soil type.
Keeping communication channels open has served Agrix Tech well as farmers are able to give feedback on what their needs are and if those needs are being met by the tools Agrix Tech creates. Since officially launching its service in August 2021, Agrix Tech has acquired more than 500 clients and managed to forge partnerships with other players in the farmer support ecosystem. With key stakeholders like Agriculture Insurance companies and governmental agencies in the fray, Agrix Tech’s product and customer portfolio will not only grow but further the cause of the small-scale farmer in a more impactful way!
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Published at Mon, 06 Sep 2021 10:49:55 +0000
Originally Posted at: Agrix Tech is Advancing and Improving Agricultural Output through Technology