Requirements and challenges
One of the most popular fruits cultivated in the Catalonia region are apples with the Giropoma Costa Brava S.I. cooperative producing in an area of 140 ha a total yield of 30-35,000 tons per year, with a value of around 30 million euros. However, apple orchards require many spray applications to be protected against fungal diseases. As a result, a large amount of fungicides is used and much labor is needed for their application, while farmers do not consider the growing stage of the trees and the disease severity when applying chemicals (uniform application).
Robs4Crops will address the labour challenge that apple sector is currently facing while reducing the amount of chemicals used, by automating the complex task of orchard spraying. This will be achieved by deploying a retrofitted tractor using the AGreenCulture commercial kit and the EOLO model sprayer of Teyme, a smart trailed mist-blower of 2000L tank capacity and precision spraying capabilities. Major challenges like 3-point-turn of tractor and trailed machines will be put into test, as well as, altering the applied dosage based on disease presence and growth stage.
Technology: retrofitted tractor with AGreenCulture commercial kit, EOLO model sprayer of Teyme
Partners: Giropoma Costa Brava S.L., Serrater S.l., Eurecat, Teyme, Agricultural University of Athens
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