A new 18-month task will use innovative digital tools to keep track of agricultural soil health conditions in western Kenya and optimise making use of fertilisers, water and carbon sequestration in maize production Led by French agtech business itk.
The KILIMO task’s goal is to demonstrate how satellite and modelling technologies can produce tailored, farm-level recommendations at scale Satellite to map and track the condition of Vihiga Nation’s soils through colour spectrometry, which analyses crop colour and density. This real-time details, combined with meteorological information, will be fed into itk designs to determine the proper quantities and types of fertiliser to be applied, and at what time, to increase both crop productivity and sustainability.”
Innovation is driving a huge improvement of African agriculture,”said Aline Bsaibes, Director General of itk.”What we learn from the KILIMO task, specifically concerning soil health and the carbon cycle, can then easily be scaled to other areas or countries as well as for related climate-smart agriculture initiatives.”Custom recommendations are then sent to individual farmers via SMS or voice message, ensuring that government-issued fertiliser subsidies are used efficiently.
This can also minimize the scheme’s present ineffectiveness in addition to restricting the subsidised fertiliser black market. The KILIMO project, which stands for”Kenyan Development for Low Effect Maize Production”, will track in real-time the carbon storage capacity of agricultural soils as well as nitrogen and potassium levels. These innovations are already commonly in usage in major maize production areas around the world, including in the United States.”Our scientific goal with the KILIMO task is to precisely catch information on the everyday carbon, water and nutrient cycles of soils,” Bsaibes included.”Our decision assistance tools help to improve soil health, reduce fertilizer usage and boost crop yields, increasing farmers’sources of income.”The job is being run by itk in partnership with Airplane Defence and Area, which will undertake the initial field measurements utilizing satellite imaging, and scholastic specialists sourced from numerous business throughout the world of the UMR Eco & sol, in addition to IRD, CIRAD, GE-Data(Toulouse & Washington), and Locate-It(Nairobi).
The job spending plan is more than EUR800,000 (Ksh107.8 million). Itk already uses other digital and mobile tools to support African farmers in enhancing their maize and cotton production, through their partner E-tumba, which is well established on the African continent. The KILIMO task is supported by the French Ministry of Economy and Financing, which helps French companies broaden the usage of green technologies internationally.