Drones to be used in agricultural projects as of April in Sidi Bouzid
Monday, April 8, 2019
Drones to be used in agricultural projects as of April in Sidi Bouzid

TAP – Tunisia

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the South Korean governmental agency Busan Techno Park inked Monday a tripartite agreement to deploy drones in agricultural projects in Sidi Bouzid, as of the end of April.

The agreement aims to support Tunisia in its policy aimed to improve the agricultural productivity.

Minister of Agriculture Samir Taieb announced that a regional centre of excellence will be created in Tunisia within this framework, to share this experience with other African countries, recalling that this project will help swiftly provide key information to optimise the use of irrigation systems and fertilisers, to early detect the diseases affecting the agricultural production and to improve through the updating of statistic data decision-making during the various phases of the project.

According to an AfDB press release, bank representative Ahmadou Barry pointed out that "on the basis of this first successful experience in Tunisia, we are planning to renew this operation in other countries of the continent, for the benefit of African populations.”

The results of this pilot project will be presented as an example of good practice at the next AfDB Group Annual Meetings, scheduled for June 11-14, in Malabo, capital of Equatorial Guinea.

As part of this project, 40 Tunisians obtained drone pilotage certificates at the end of January 2019. Four of them will ensure its operational launch.

The AfDB's active portfolio in Tunisia in April 2019, totals 43 projects and programmes underway, representing a commitment of over $1.2 billion (about 3.6 billion dinars).