South Africa Looks Into The Opportunities Of Food Technology
Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, attended a demonstration of how technology can be applied in agriculture to stimulate jobs and increase food security.
The event took place at the head office of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, Elsenburg, and was led by its research division.
Winde, who has made innovation across the economy a top priority, explained how technology could drastically accelerate change in this sector: “We’ve seen across Africa how technology can help us leapfrog other economies. In agriculture, which is generally perceived as being unprogressive, adoption of technology has in fact happened very quickly. Farmers in the Western Cape have embraced cutting edge devices, such as drones, to conduct general monitoring flyovers, to assess vegetation health through near infrared imaging, to track animals which may require assistance, and to assess stressed zones amongst crops that require watering and fertilization. We’ve also seen technology being developed here which is now being exported.”
Read more at AllAfrica.
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