Egypt launches AI-based system to improve agricultural process

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The Egyptian government has launched the “Hudhud” smart assistant project for farmers, an Arabic mobile application that uses artificial intelligence techniques to provide advice to farmers on several topics of the agricultural process.

Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, and ElSayed ElKosayer, Minister of Agriculture and Land Development conducted the launch ceremony and said that the project aims to promote digital transformation in the agricultural sector.

Minister Talaat pointed out that the “Hudhud” project achieves qualitative development in the agricultural extension system to be instantaneous and accurate, directed to each farmer according to his needs, crops and pests that may infect the crops.

When the farmer discovers any type of infection in the crops, he can take a photo of the infected plant using his smartphone and send it to Hudhud to identify the disease through artificial intelligence and he will provide the farmer the necessary instructions to stop the infection.

Switch to smart and modern agriculture

Talaat added that such apps will help the country move towards smart and modern agriculture, which represents a major pillar in building a digital Egypt. The two ministers reviewed a series of joint projects in the field of smart agriculture, which includes a project to identify recoverable land and the best crops for each agricultural season and area using satellite images and of artificial intelligence.

For his part, Minister ElKosayer said that there is a fruitful and serious cooperation between the two ministries, to support the digital transformation in the agricultural sector, given that this sector is one of the promising sectors of the country, which receives much attention from political leaders. , pointing out that this cooperation has recently resulted in four new projects.

He added that the Ministry of Agriculture has launched the smart farmer card, where 2 million cards have been distributed to farmers. It aims to eliminate administrative corruption, ensure fair distribution of subsidies to the right beneficiaries and digitize the agricultural sector. Each card bears the farmer’s name, identity information and farm property numbers. It will build a vast database of farmers and cultivated land.

Regarding the application of Hudhud, ElKosayer said it helps farmers with agricultural practices from cultivation to harvest by identifying plant diseases and pests and suggesting the appropriate treatments.

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