From farming controllers and smart implements to fully autonomous farming systems, Robs4Crops is helping farmers fill labour shortages — shaking up the farming landscape.
Farmers are being hit by falling commodity prices, labor shortages, and difficulties related to planting and harvesting crops as the virus that causes the COVID-19 illness tightens its grip around the world.
Robotics and automated solutions offer the greatest opportunity for both savings, safety, and increased productivity and will continue to progress with advances in sensing and decision-making capabilities.
Robotics and related technologies bring precision and repeatability to mundane tasks, reducing the need for farmers to engage in work that is unpleasant, unhealthy and requires zero thinking.
Our flexible and modular new-generation system will greatly reduce the dependency of farmers on hired labour, increase safety, and reduce the use of inputs and the overall carbon footprint of food production. Robs4Crops focuses on the most demanding and repetitive field operations, namely mechanical weed control and spraying against pests and diseases.
“Agriculture is very sensitive to the cost and scarcity of labour. And making cultivation practices more efficient and sustainable is critical. Robs4Crops is a game-changer in revitalising the European food and farm industry and the vital catalyst in accelerating the adoption of high-tech robotics and automated technologies in agriculture.”
Dr Frits van Evert, Senior Scientist at Wageningen University & Research and Robs4Crops Project Coordinator
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We put the farmers and end-users at the heart of everything we do: from user requirements analysis to iterative testing and the business model experimentation process. The trials will be conducted in partnership with commercial farms and business leaders from France, Greece, Spain, and The Netherlands.
Large-scale trials will serve as a “proof testing” of the technical advances and demonstrators of socio-economic benefits and business potential of the Robs4Crops robotic farming system; to be established in four countries, scaling it up to a wide network.
Robs4Crops is a four-year project co-funded under Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme. Led by Wageningen University and Research, the consortium is a diverse and dynamic network of partners, representing key players in pure robotic science and engineering, agricultural robotics industry, agricultural and social sciences, real-world farming, and sustainability-driven innovation practices and collaborative business models.
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