Tuesday, September 21, 2021

AI that detects diseases in animals and monitors food safety to strengthen agriculture in UAE

Among other sectors, healthcare has significantly benefited from the surge in tech driven services in the UAE, during the lockdown and months that followed. But while medtech gadgets and remote consultation tools have been instrumental in keeping infections at bay, food security also plays a major role in overall fitness, especially when residents are more aware of personal well being than ever before.

As agritech solutions like vertical farming and indoor cultivation lay the foundation for a green revolution in the desert, assisted by AI and drones to monitor the crops, ensuring safe storage remains the key to sustain this growth. Keeping the requirement to deliver fresh, nutritious produce to Emirati kitchens in mind, Abu Dhabi’s food security agency is deploying algorithms to safeguard the health of animals and hygiene of vegetation in the UAE.

To make sure the effort put in to grow more food with less water and zero chemicals doesn’t go down the drain, AI will inspect food establishments to ensure that only top quality crops reach the consumers. Paying equal attention to the livestock and meat supply, the administration is using machine learning to spot signs of a viral disease that affects farm animals, and is analysing impact of the condition.

To further boost smart monitoring and food safety in the supply chain, the ADAFSA is also encouraging the development of an integrated platform for data-driven decision making in the sector. With a view to invite local talent for further innovation in agritech, the organisation will host hackathons, where young minds will collaborate to create more digital solutions for food security.

The use of AI to keep track of livestock health, is similar to the deployment of bio-capsules at smart farms in the country, which can relay information from within the body of an animal.

Among UAE’s neighbours in the gulf, Saudi Arabia is protecting its local produce from locust swarms, using drones that could ward off the pests.

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