Smart Agriculture at Macfrut 2022

Smart Agriculture at Macfrut 2022

A dynamic innovation area, with a spotlight on technologies for weeding, harvesting and monitoring fruit and vegetable crops
4-6 May at the Rimini Expo Centre
 
Cesena (3 March 2022) – An insight into the cutting-edge technologies that are currently being marketed and into the technologies that will be available in the future. This is the theme chosen by Ri.Nova, in collaboration with Cesena Fiera, for the dynamic Smart Agriculture pavilion, which will play a key role at Macfrut 2022 (4-6 May, Rimini Expo Centre). In the effort to find ways of linking innovation, environmental sustainability and economic sustainability in the production of fruit and vegetables, companies and start-ups operating in three major areas of technology (sensors, drones and robots) from across Italy and Europe were selected to showcase the following innovations during the trade fair.
 
Sensors. Sensors designed for use in agriculture have rapidly evolved over the last few years: from agro-meteorological stations to more modern equipment such as soil probes, automatic traps, sensors and biosensors, which directly detect the condition of individual plants. Such equipment is set to play an increasingly central role in achieving the targets of reducing the use of chemicals set out in recent European policies. Winet srl, a company based in Cesena that has been working with farms in the Emilia-Romagna region and elsewhere for many years, is one of the Italian companies driving this renewal. At Macfrut, it will be exhibiting its latest technologies for monitoring the state of fruits on trees, developed in collaboration with the University of Bologna.
 
Drones. Technology is propelling drones to become the mobile sensors of the future, since they are capable of increasing the accuracy of monitoring instruments from the plot scale to individual plant scale, showing what satellites are unable to show with sufficient accuracy. But technology is also now making it easier for farmers to inspect crops thanks to virtual or augmented reality, especially when it comes to plant protection. Several companies providing services via drones have sprung up in Italy over the last few years, often putting their heart and soul into overcoming the obstacle of partial or outdated legislation.
 
Robots. The first valuable robotic applications for weeding, seeding and soil preparation are now also available on the market. Moreover, technology is progressing towards new types of equipment – although still at prototype level – for harvesting crops that cannot be harvested automatically using agricultural machinery. In fact, until recently, mechanical harvesting was exclusively used for industrial crops, but this will soon be possible also in the fresh produce sector. The energy supply of robots is gaining in importance in this field, due to rising energy and fuel costs; autonomous agricultural robots, which are capable of working slowly but steadily – unlike manual human labour – are a major step towards the electrification of agriculture, and towards the use of solar energy in particular. In this respect, Consorzi Agrari d'Italia has been forward looking, since some time ago it decided to use the electric robot DINO, developed by the French company Naio Technologies for the mechanical weeding of horticultural crops.
 
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