Leaders of Africa’s pioneering agtech startup, Zenvus, will be in Morocco this week and will visit Africa’s largest fertilizer maker, the OCP Group.
OCP Group extracts, processes, markets, and sells phosphate and its derivatives, phosphoric acid, and fertilizers worldwide. The company offers phosphate rock, which is primarily used in soil fertilization, as well as is used as raw material for animal feed supplements and industrial applications. It also provides merchant phosphoric acid that is used in fertilizer production and fertigation; purified phosphoric acid, which is used in oil, beverages, cheese, canned food, yeast, sugar, and water, as well as in pharmacy, detergents, animal feed, metal treatment, textile, and pigments industries; and phosphate fertilizers, such as di-ammonium phosphate, mono-ammonium phosphate, and triple super .
Zenvus plans to become the new architecture to drive precision agriculture across Africa. We will explore how our technology will find relevance in OCP Group’s redesigned efforts to improve farm productivity through technology-driven innovation.
In Africa, no company has worked harder than OCP Group is making sure that the continent has assured food security. OCP Group is one of the most innovative firms in the world with history that spans more than nine decades. It has pioneered phosphate production and continues to invest massively to drive improvement in farm yields through higher efficiency in fertilizer usage.
Zenvus leadership will also use the opportunity to participate in some industry programs sponsored by OCP Group for global agtech innovators.
Zenvus is an intelligent solution for farms that uses proprietary electronic sensors to collect soil data like moisture, nutrients, temperature, pH etc. It subsequently sends the data to a cloud server via GSM, satellite or Wifi. Algorithms in the server analyze the data and advise farmers on what, how and when to farm. As the crops grow, the system deploys hyper- spectral cameras to build crop normalized difference vegetative index which is helpful in detecting drought stress, pests and diseases on crops. The data generated is aggregated, anonymized and made available via subscription for agro-lending, agro-insurance, commodity trading to banks, insurers and investors. Zenvus also has a mapping feature which can help a farmer map the farm boundary with ease.