EOS Data Analytics (EOSDA), a global provider of AI-powered satellite imagery analytics, and Zimbabwe-based TelOne Pvt (Limited) have announced a strategic partnership. The partnership will see TelOne establish itself in the smart agriculture sector and assist Zimbabwe’s government, farmers, financial institutions, and other players in the agriculture value chain in creating value for communities and the country’s economy.
Farming activities in the country provide employment and income for two-thirds of the population and contribute approximately 17% to Zimbabwe’s GDPince 85% of Zimbabwe’s land is for agricultural purposes. Despite this, the number of people with insufficient food consumption has grown by 0.5 million during 2022 alone. As a result, empowering agribusinesses with the latest technologies is crucial to the country’s development and people’s well-being.
TelOne is a government-owned company providing communications and digital solutions for customers in Zimbabwe. It aims to facilitate a digitally enabled society in the country in all sectors of its economy, including agriculture.
Speaking on the partnership, Brijesh Thoppil, Director of Strategic Partnerships at EOS Data Analytics, remarked, “Humanity’s going through rapid changes that require us to make quick digital transformations. Since Africa is set to become a global hub for agritech, new developments in the African agricultural sector and Zimbabwe specifically can bring multiple benefits to the industry’s stakeholders and uplift the smallholder farmer communities. That’s why we’re so excited about this strategic partnership with TelOne”.
Likewise, Melody Harry, Head of Corporate Communication at TelOne (Pvt) Limited, opined, “TelOne remains committed to coming up with digital solutions that seek to facilitate a digitally enabled society by 2023. With agriculture being a major contributor to the nation’s GDP, it is imperative that we come up with solutions for this key sector. By partnering with EOSDA, we bring a tried and tested state-of-the-art crop monitoring and remote sensing solution that will go a long way in assisting the nation to reach food sustenance”.
Within the cooperation with EOSDA, TelOne will get a professional-level subscription to the EOSDA Crop Monitoring, an online satellite-based precision agriculture platform for field monitoring.