The ONDO Solutions enable the set-up of a major agri-innovation centre in South Africa

DURBAN, South Africa - March 10, 2022 - PRLog -- ONDO's solutions for the automation of irrigation, fertigation and climate control are at the basis of a project which is already developing in Camperdown, KwaZulu-Natal.

A major investor in the project is the Innovative Farming Advancements organisation, owned by Maleshen Konar Pillay "МК", led by his vision to revolutionise the agriculture sector towards a better, more sustainable model, through which funding for the hardware and farm has been obtained. ONDO's representative for South Africa, Timset Consult (Pty) Ltd, will coordinate the installation and configuration of ONDO's solutions in this centre, as well as will support all setup activities until the project completion.

The agri-innovation centre spans a huge area of 20 hectares, and is meant to take the shape of a fully functional demo farm. Advanced agri-tech equipment by ONDO will be used to remotely manage and control, in a fully automated manner, the processes of irrigation, precise fertigation and climate control in the farm.

The demo centre will grow a variety of vegetable crops, both in open fields and inside 20 tunnel greenhouses. It will also grow an orchard, will have a park and its own dam for irrigation purposes.

The agriculture process automation, accomplished using ONDO's solutions, will also include the integration of a monitoring system with multiple soil moisture sensors, as well as a weather station with local weather forecast and sensor data for the local environment parameters.

The goal of the innovation centre is to demonstrate, via a real farm, the benefits from using advanced  agri-tech solutions - in terms of increased and higher-quality crop yield, considerably reduced water consumed, reduced import of fertilisers and pesticides.

The investors in this project are planning to hold regular training seminars on-site, teaching the local farmers about the benefits of using digital technologies in the agricultural sector. Another key goal is to establish the innovation centre as a permanent university innovation hub, where students studying agricultural disciplines can learn more about farming automation with ONDO. They would also be able to see for themselves the benefits from using the system, by using it in practice and generating automated reports reflecting the reduced consumption of water and fertiliser, or making reports on the yield increase, human resource involvement, etc.

The first crops to be grown in the demonstrational centre will be tomatoes and peppers. The future crop selection process will be entrusted to another partner in this project - Frandev Nutraceuticals (Pty) Ltd with its CEO Francis Schode - a renowned scientist, specialised in the creation of nutritional food for the African market.

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