Tunisia and the African Development Bank (AFDB) have signed an agreement to launch a pilot project that will use drones for data collection to enhance management and implementation of agricultural projects in the country.
South Korea’s Busan Techno Park which has proven experience in the development and use of drones for data collection and processing will share the experience and knowledge with Tunisia, which will be implemented over the next 10 months. The agency will provide drones and associated computer systems, training as well as technology transfer.
The drones will enable data collection, including monitoring of agricultural production, biodiversity, effects of climate change and management of natural resources (land, vegetation cover, exploitation of agricultural land, water resources, etc.)
Laadhari Tunisia’s Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation says the project will benefit the piloting and monitoring of irrigated areas, management of water resources, water tables as well as the effects of climate change in the pilot area.
Korea is a leading country in the development and use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for real-time data collection and processing. Drones have been used in agriculture to provide fast and accurate data, helping to improve decision-making at all stages of a project, from preparation to implementation and evaluation.
Tunisia is a founding member of AFDB Group, currently the Bank’s portfolio in Tunisia is worth over US$ 2.3 billion covering more than 40 projects and programmes.