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Revitalising Agriculture

Region: Southern Africa
Vertical: Agriculture
Application: Wi-Fi
Partners: UK Space Agency, South African National Space Agency (SANSA), Adroit Economics, GMV, Pildo Labs, Nottingham Scientific Limited.

The agricultural policy of South Africa’s government aims to drive efficiencies across the sector’s value chain by increasing production, therefore supporting rural economic transformation.

Some of the largest farms in South Africa already use high accuracy GPS services to control input costs and maximise production. However, these services are expensive, leaving many small and mid-size farms unable to afford them.

A solution was needed to provide a cost-effective GPS service that could increase productivity and cost savings for South African farms. The SBAS-AFRICA project, led by Avanti Communications, provides a satellite-based augmentation structure using Avanti’s HYLAS 2 Ka-band satellite which guarantees reliable high performance data communications for the SBAS infrastructure.

Providing up to 1 metre accuracy, SBAS services can be used to improve precision farming activities and tractor guided operations. Many GPS systems are already fitted to agricultural vehicles that can receive SBAS signals, however, new systems can be purchased for a minimal cost. The SBAS-AFRICA programme is funded under the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Space Programme.

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