Artificial Intelligence in Precision Agriculture

Today, technology has come to replace so many human activities and notable among them is farming and other agricultural activities which takes farmers a lot of effort to achieve results.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being applied in modern day Agriculture and is changing the way farming and agricultural activities are done on a farm to increase productivity.

CRITAC Ghana is one of the organizations using the AI tools in various fields. They indicated that they are using sensors to gather data and this data is stored on their farm management system to allow them to better process and make analysis. The availability of this data is allowing them to deploy AI in their farming activities.

The AI tools they are working on now entail an image recognition which will help people to make detailed analysis on crops.

The application of these technologies is well developed in Europe, America and other places. This has been introduced in Africa, especially Sub-Saharan Africa including Ghana and it is gradually progressing.

On their journey to working diligently on Precision Agriculture and Farming, they are engaging edge computing.

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Edge computing is a distributed computing paradigm that brings computation and data storage closer to the location where it is needed, to improve response times and save bandwidth.

The origins of edge computing lie in content delivery networks that were created in the late 1990s to serve web and video content from edge servers that were deployed close to users.

In the early 2000s, these networks evolved to host applications and application components at the edge servers, resulting in the first commercial edge computing services that hosted applications such as dealer locators, shopping carts, real-time data aggregators, and ad insertion engines.

Modern edge computing significantly extends this approach through virtualization technology that makes it easier to deploy and run a wider range of applications on the edge servers.

The presence of edge computing has been felt in so many industries. Notable among them are the manufacturing, retail, healthcare industries and few to mention.

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The use of edge computing has begun transforming the way in which farming and Agriculture is done in Ghana.

Drone on maize field

The use of technology is increasingly becoming a linkage with how infrastructure, work and people connect among themselves. This reason has however caused for the need for new innovations such as edge computing into farming and Agriculture.

Edge Computing does so many services when deployed in the field of farming such as monitoring environments, using automated systems in achieving automation, performing critical analysis of data collected and gathered on the farm, and the likes.

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