The Agraria project is making progress in achieving its objectives, including boosting the Spanish agri-food sector, in order to make it more technological, innovative, sustainable and committed to energy efficiency and reducing the carbon footprint. The project applies Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other technologies related to Industry 4.0 in real solutions to define new agricultural production methods.
AgrarIA is a consortium made up of 24 entities including large companies, SMEs, research centres and universities, forming a research ecosystem with companies that are experts in the agricultural field and are leaders in their sectors, such as Florette, Familia Torres and Casa Ametller. Top-level technology companies in different areas of robotics such as Kivnon, Dronetools and Helix North, or leaders in Artificial Intelligence such as GMV.
Research organisations such as the BISITE Group of the University of Salamanca, the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the University of Seville, and the Technological Institute of Castilla y León (ITCL) are also participating.
The project envisages the development of its own integrated platform which, under the name AgrarIA, brings together all the models of the value chain of the agricultural sector (production, processing and distribution) in a single decoupled computing entity, taking advantage of the synergies that may exist, allowing for the deployment of unique initiatives that favour a rapid, efficient, productive and sustainable transformation of the agri-food sector in the medium term.
Objectives of the Agraria project
- Research on the entire value chain of Agricultural Production through systems governed by Artificial Intelligence, with drastic CO2 reduction, sustainability, energy efficiency, productivity and competitiveness.
- Research into the application of different technologies and Artificial Intelligence in the most efficient way and with a neutral carbon footprint.
Looking to the future, the Spanish agri-food sector faces several challenges, including the need to increase its degree of digitisation. The AgrarIA platform will help to achieve this goal by integrating Biotechnology, Agriculture 4.0, the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence to identify new agricultural production methods that favour the transformation of the sector towards a global, sustainable and carbon-neutral industry.
The AgrarIA project is funded through the Artificial Intelligence R&D Missions Programme of the State Secretariat for Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence (SEDIA) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation (File No. MIA.2021.M01.0004), corresponding to the funds of the Recovery, Resilience and Transformation Plan.