Agriculture 4.0: Coldiretti Puglia, with Olivematrix drones and robots arriving among the olive trees

PUGLIA – It’s a digital revolution in the countryside with investments in drones, GPS, robotics, software and the Internet of Things to combat climate change, preserve the environment and increase productivity. This is confirmed by Coldiretti Puglia, on the occasion of the first drone flight to assess the consistency of olive trees, soil conditions and crop needs from above, and the activities foreseen by the Olive Matrix project, carried out, with the support of Coldiretti, from PugliaOlive, Green Company Puglia, CREAA, Cetma and Exprivia, Uniba and Unifg.

The goals – explains Coldiretti Puglia – are to improve production and productivity, reduce the environmental impact of crops, the transportation process and product innovation, for the benefit of the entire olive production chain in Puglia.

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From satellite-guided ground and aerial drones to state-of-the-art weather stations, from smart video-camera traps against harmful insects to automated remote-controlled irrigation systems via the app to save water and the time crops are watered. – Coldiretti adds Puglia – The evolution of fieldwork that led on the Coldiretti Partner Portal to create Demetra, the first integrated online farm management system with real-time reading of crop health, weather forecast data, temperatures, soil fertility and water stress to meet the new challenges of climate change. the climate.

Against parasites that threaten crops, food production – Coldiretti continues – “Smart Trapp iScout” has arrived with an integrated imaging system that, thanks to its light weight, can be hung anywhere and is autonomous thanks to the battery recharged by the solar panel. The trap contains a high-resolution camera combined with optical recognition software that allows automatic detection of catches with the aim of supporting the work of farmers. The camera is integrated into the trap and allows automatic monitoring of the catch, thanks to which the 10 mega-pixel images are sent via the modem to the FieldClimate platform where it is analyzed Using AI (Artificial Intelligence) tools and being visible on your PC or smartphone/tablet. The data are presented as daily and total catches and give indications of population growth during the season.

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The issue of climate change remains – Coldiretti Puglia insists – that water resource management becomes strategic both in terms of water availability and its use in waste control. For this reason, farmers have created automated irrigation systems and controlled them via the app thanks to smartphones.” “Big Brother” – confirms Coldiretti – has reached fields, farms, stables and pastures, with remote control of animals through mobile phones, tablets and computers with health surveys and movement and distribution of food and water.Most of the tools used for technological breakthroughs—explains Coldiretti—related to remote mapping and Earth observation, analysis of environmental and geological factors, monitoring of machinery and equipment and managing and regulating water resources, according to Smart Agrifood.

Profound change sees new generations in the front line with nearly one in three farming establishments (31%) today applying precision farming techniques, according to a Coldiretti analysis based on a Divulga Study Center report. But among young people, the use of social networks to promote their activities is also very common: more than one in three young people (37%) use social networks to promote their activities, with Facebook remaining the preferred channel (71%)).

The digital revolution in agriculture is seeing the development of green applications increasingly suitable for national production on various fronts – confirms Coldiretti – from production and quality improvement to lowering company costs, from reducing the environmental impact with seeds, fertilizers and crop protection products up to cutting in water use and fuel consumption. Solutions to support field activities such as combine harvesters, production mapping systems or tractors with satellite guidance (satellite navigation system) represent 36% of the market and are among the most widespread innovations adopted in more than 2 out of 5 companies (43%) ). Coldiretti according to a survey conducted by the University of Bologna (Department of Agro-Food Science and Technology) and Wageningen University (Netherlands).

Digital technology – confirms Coldiretti – is also the basis of the blockchain system for product traceability and assurance of origin which is increasingly important as 82% of consumers prefer Made in Italy products at their spend.

The agricultural area participating in the new wave of technological and digital innovations is more than 500 thousand hectares nationally, which is equivalent to 3-4% of the total area, but – continues Coldiretti – there is great potential for growth especially with the use of big data analytics and the so-called ” The Internet of things”. However, the delay in broadband expansion in inland and mountainous regions needs a bridge, given that nearly 1 in 3 households (32%) living in the countryside do not have sufficient connectivity.

To bridge the digital divide between cities and the countryside specifically by providing ultra-broadband to businesses and supporting the sector’s great innovation potential with new technical solutions for the benefit of the country’s economic recovery, and accelerating the digital transformation of Made in Italy agri-food Coldiretti, Tim and Bonnevich Ferrari signed an agreement, taking into account the Consider the importance of the recovery plan to keep pace with the economic transformation of the Italian agri-food industry, which is already the greenest in Europe.

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