Collaborative partners BCX, an information and communications technology company, and GE, a worldwide digital industrial enterprise, have developed an integrated agri-tech solution tailored for South African and African agricultures.
The Digital Farm, created by BCX and GE, allows stakeholders to manage, predict, and control inputs and outputs across the agricultural supply chain.
The solution will incorporate components or software applications that will allow visibility for various types of user information benefiting stakeholders such as farmers, retailers and consumers.
“Agriculture plays such a vital role in the South African economy,” said Ian Russell, CEO of BCX. “With the advances in digital industrial technology, we recognised that there were significant opportunities to leverage that technology to increase efficiencies, profits, and ultimately the broader economy.
“Beyond increasing output and efficiency for farmers, the solutions should have a trickle-down effect for South African consumers as well.”
The solutions will be rolled out over the course of next year and will focus primarily on small to mid-sized farmers.
Ali Saleh, SVP and Chief Commercial Officer for GE Digital Middle East, Africa and Turkey, said: “One of our key capabilities is leveraging solutions from one sector or industry and applying them to another.”