Technological innovation to take centre stage at Macfrut 2022

Technological innovation to take centre stage at Macfrut 2022

At the trade fair, from 4 to 6 May, a large 1,600-square-metre test field with four initiatives: a Cherry orchard, Acqua Campus, biodegradable plastics and Smart Agriculture
 
Cesena (10 February 2022) - At Macfrut 2022, the spotlight will be on innovation in the fruit and vegetable sector, with a dedicated dynamic area of more than 1,600 square metres. Macfrut will be held from 4 to 6 May at the Rimini Expo Centre, with a test field offering visitors a firsthand look at novelties in the field of agriculture 4.0, with a special focus on technological innovations, environmental impact and savings. Four initiatives will take place in this area, coordinated by Luciano Trentini: a field with a cherry orchard, the Acqua Campus area dedicated to the issue of saving water, a space dedicated to biodegradable plastics used for mulching in horticulture, and the Smart Agriculture area dedicated to technologies.
 
‘The fruit and vegetable industry is undergoing major modernisation, marked by the need to produce more fruit and vegetables, namely, +350 million tonnes by 2050, when the Earth will be populated by almost 10 billion people’, explains Luciano Trentini, an expert in the field. ‘This means that it is necessary to reduce the environmental impact during the production stage and during commercial activities. In addition, the effects of the pandemic are changing the logistics of goods and, in particular, the movement of people, including those working in the industry. It is important to highlight the fact that we have now become accustomed to a new digital world, to agriculture 4.0, to Big Data... We need to look to the future with hope and, in these times of great change, fruit and vegetable growing is not something that can be overlooked. Once again, Macfrut 2022 intends to play an active role by informing and leading the way in the industry, covering topical issues concerning agricultural businesses, which will soon need to adapt to the latest developments.’
 
As for the various dynamic areas at the trade fair, one of the great novelties is that there will be a field with cherry trees, complementing the International Cherry Symposium. A cherry orchard will be set up, featuring plants with different training systems, which will be presented by some of the largest plant nurseries in Italy. The orchard will be protected with hail nets and other covering systems for preventing cracking, supplied by leading Italian companies along with irrigation and fertigation systems, sensors and control units for weather monitoring and for managing orchards. Visitors will have the chance to ask any information they may require from the technicians who will be present and available to them.
 
In the area next to Acqua Campus, the focus will be on new irrigation systems designed to reduce water waste, in collaboration with ANBI (National Association of Land Reclamation) and CER (Canale Emiliano Romagnolo). The spotlight will be on technological innovations such as water and soil monitoring sensors, weather stations, control units for automated planting systems, fertigation systems and frost protection systems. Technical visits will also be organised in this area with live demonstrations of cutting-edge technologies for managing water resources.
 
There will also be an area dedicated to the environment and the role played by biodegradable plastics used for mulching in horticulture. Plant-derived biodegradable plastics are a valuable aid when it comes to reducing pollution caused by conventional plastics in horticulture. Participants will have the opportunity to get a look at these innovative plastics and find out more about how they are used and applied to different horticultural species.
 
To conclude, the Smart Agriculture area, a new starting point for future agriculture, thanks to a collaboration with the Ri.Nova research centre. Precision agriculture will be in the limelight in the dynamic area, with a focus on technologies such as sensors, drones and robots applied to fruit and vegetable production, which will be on display in the field so that visitors can see for themselves what can already be done today.
 
Info:macfrut.com
 
 
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