Israel has managed to withstand adverse climate in the region to cultivate an agricultural revolution in the desert, and adoption of innovative farming techniques laid the foundation for this prowess. The country is also known for being a startup hub, since it promotes out of the box ideas to deploy technology in every walk of life, including security and healthcare.
With development of concepts like vertical farms powered by automated management, the country is also supplying smart agritech tools to neighbours for a green transformation. Researchers at Israel’s Technion institute have further boosted food security via development of AI that can gauge stress on crops caused by scarcity of water and rising temperatures.
Machine learning, thermal imaging and high precision colour visuals are deployed to help the system in alerting farmers about drought conditions as well as diseases. This enables timely intervention to save crops, and ensures maximum production despite harsh conditions, hence acting an instrumental tool for agriculture in the region which seeks to cut down dependence on imports for food.
The Emirates which currently gets 85% of its food from other parts of the world, is roping in Israeli firms and their innovative offerings to boost farming in the desert for higher food security. This latest innovation is 90% accurate, and also predicts the amount of produce that will be cultivated, enabling farmers to allocate their resources more effectively.
Emerging tech firms in the country are banking on AI for diverse processes in farming, but monitoring fields is a key aspect most of them focus on. A startup SeeTree uses drones to scan through crops and processes high quality images via machine learning to measure effect of dryness, bacteria and weeds on the produce.
The eye in the sky works in collaboration with a rover that drives through orchards to collect data from the ground, and AI then advises farmers on use of chemicals and other resources.