The Smart Farm Colab consortium brought together 18 national partners and 18 other international researchers participated.The project lasts for three years, but the sponsor is already considering its continuity
The Smart Farm Colab project will invest 1.5 million euros to create Torres Vedras’ agricultural smart solutions. The project started last year, after four years of preparation, led by the city council and approved by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).
Everything has already started. On the ground, the workplace was temporarily housed in the Torres Vedras facility by one of the consortium’s partners, INIAV-National Institute of Agriculture and Veterinary Research (one of the state’s laboratories). In the future, we intend to build a smart farm in the predecessor of the Vinvin ee Vinvin Institute in the same city that is expected to be the center of food and wine.
Congresswoman Laura Rodrigues is an agronomist and is representative of this initiative. She is the president of the project and a representative of the municipality. In addition to the city council and INIAV, the consortium also includes private companies, academia and other institutions, with a total of 18 partners.
At present, the survey work consists of eight professionals. They come from Tunisia, Brazil, Spain, and masters or doctorates from all over the world, including Portuguese. They are among agronomists, electronics, environmental engineers, biologists, and even experienced Professional knowledge training. management.
The idea is to expand the team to 18 people with “high-quality” resources through international competition to work on the project within the planned three years-although the goal is to be able to have their own formula and create “smart” people Farm The last time Colab went by as time passed.
The researchers’ commitment foresees several approaches: in terms of water consumption and plant protection products, finding solutions that can effectively use soil; or using agricultural robotics (such as irrigation or plant quarantine treatment) to manufacture equipment. Monitoring parameters and collecting and interpreting data (such as humidity or temperature) is another area of work.
The bet also includes the tracking and certification of the product, the specific meaning is to “maximize the value of national production”, especially in horticulture, fruit and viticulture-the three selection areas of the project, which depend to a certain extent Geographical development, recognition of Laura Rodrigues (Laura Rodrigues).
He emphasized: “For example, Colab hopes to work at the production level rather than in the transformation field, because in terms of production, the college has a bigger gap. ”
But the scope of Smart Farm also includes the development of systems for integrating different platforms and data management, which can make decisions from the beginning and optimize the use of resources.
The use of agriculture-related tourism to complete the scope of the project’s mission is hoped to promote social cohesion and attract people to the entertainment experience related to the rural world, similar to what has been achieved in wine tourism or agricultural farms.
Laura Rodrigues (Laura Rodrigues) emphasized: “Farmers must also be regarded as guardians of the landscape. This is what the European Commission attaches importance to through its green trading strategy.” He pointed out that Kolab’s positioning is consistent with Europe. The most advanced protection policy-health and environment are consistent.
The project is already in progress
In addition to the above goals, Smart Farm has completed its work and is awaiting the results of FCT’s 13 research applications. But the first major funded project was to create a robotic technology led by the agricultural consortium company Tomix for agricultural spraying.
At the same time, the laboratory has also developed unfunded projects, through which it will generate its own income. The most popular is the structure of Sofis, a sensor suitable for each culture. One of the earliest methods has been used in avocado farming to monitor water consumption.