Puglia, a digital revolution in the countryside: Drones and robots connect the olive trees

“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 activities expected by The Olive Matrix project, implemented, with the support of Coldiretti, from PugliaOlive, Impresa Verde Puglia, CREAA, Cetma, 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.
From satellite-guided ground and aerial drones to the latest weather stations, from smart traps fitted Video camera Against harmful insects of automated and remotely controlled irrigation systems via the app to save water and time supply of water to crops, work is being developed in the fields – adds Coldiretti Puglia – resulting in the creation of the Coldiretti members portal of Demetra, the first integrated online farm management system with a read Real-time crop health, weather and temperature forecast data, soil fertility and water stress, and also to meet new challenges related to climate change.

anti parasite Threatening crops and food production – Coldiretti continues – “Smart Trapp iScout” has arrived with an integrated imaging system that can be hung anywhere thanks to its light weight, and is autonomous thanks to a battery recharged by solar panels. 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. 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 an 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 surveys on health status, movement and distribution of food and water. Most of the tools used for the technological breakthrough — Coldiretti explains — relate 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 sees 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 environmental impact with seeds, fertilizers and crop protection products 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 blockchain system To trace products and guarantee of origin is increasingly important with 82% of consumers preferring Made in Italy products in their spending.

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-foods 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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