TechInAfrica – Agritech solutions are now possible for farming in Africa with Omniolytics’ purchase of IBM Watson product to develop smart farming solutions focused on poultry farmers.
The startup creates an OmnioFarm solution with the combination of IBM Watson and machine learning to learn the nature of flocks of birds, environmental conditioning, and any visual analysis that leads to comprehensive insights for the poultry farmers.
“Local farmers have to be enabled to be globally competitive and the best way to do that is through technology. IBM Cloud and AI ensure we have a platform to help farmers across South Africa use precision agriculture to enhance the efficiency of their production,” said Omniolytics founder, Michael Samson.
“We’re introducing solutions to the market which help improve feed conversion ratios, mortality and growth rates, and benchmarking practices across their production facilities. This will ensure accurate future predictions across the value chain and make poultry farming more sustainable.”
Craig Holmes, Technology Leader of IBM SA said, “Agriculture plays a crucial role in the success of our local economy, and through the EEIP program we’ve been able to support Omniolytics at a critical stage of their business growth. By improving access to IBM’s Cloud and AI technologies and increasing the adoption of a range of digital solutions as we incubate and support startups, we’ve set out to not only support local demand but also ensure our entrepreneurs become globally competitive.
This is crucial in a post-Covid world and we’ll continue to provide innovative “technology startups with advice, support and the best technologies available in the market.”