In Summary
  • Should the farmer happen to delay more than 30 minutes without responding to the first SMS, the gadget will automatically start irrigating the crops until the moisture content is restored.

  • The cost of an Illuminum greenhouse, with sensors or not, ranges from about Ksh 99,000 (Kadogo greenhouse) to Ksh 2 million (Maarufu).

  • The greenhouse sensor system is powered by solar panels making the device marketable in rural areas, where electricity is still quite a challenge.

Farmers are set to cut farming expenses following the launch of a remote monitored greenhouse.

Synnefa Green Ltd has come up with sensors that monitor temperature, humidity, soil moisture, water supply and much more.

These statuses are transmitted to the farmer's mobile phone. Meaning monitoring and regulation is done by the farmer remotely through their mobile phone.

The monitoring aspect includes opening and closing the irrigation system as well as querying to get SMS alerts on their current greenhouse statuses-in terms of temperature, humidity and soil moisture.

Should the farmer happen to delay more than 30 minutes without responding to the first SMS, the gadget will automatically start irrigating the crops until the moisture content is restored.

The greenhouse sensor system is powered by solar panels making the device marketable in rural areas, where electricity is still quite a challenge.

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