The AgrarIA project is making progress on the proposed objectives, principally aimed at modernising the Spanish agri-food sector. Through the implementation of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and Industry 4.0 or Internet of Things (IoT). 

The Spanish agri-food sector faces several challenges, and digitisation is key to its evolution. The AgrarIA platform, developed by researchers from the BISITE Research Group at the University of Salamanca, will play a key role by integrating technologies such as biotechnology, agriculture 4.0, IoT, Big Data, Robotics and AI. These technologies will enable the identification of new agricultural production methods that will drive the transformation of the sector towards a global, sustainable and carbon-neutral industry.

 

The role of AI in agriculture

The BISITE Research Group at the University of Salamanca is leading the application of AI algorithms to boost the agricultural sector. AI can predict pests, crop volume, drought and water needs, identify plant pathologies, determine the nutritional status of the soil and much more. All this translates into significant economic and resource savings for farmers, as well as environmental benefits by reducing water and phytosanitary consumption, reducing CO2 emissions and designing phytosanitary products that are less harmful to the environment.

The AgrarIA project continues its commitment to research, development and validation of AI systems for the detection of plant diseases, the recommendation of optimal crops, the prediction of prices and production volumes, and the optimisation of distribution routes for agricultural products.

AgrarIA is a consortium of 24 entities, including large companies, SMEs, research centres and universities. Participants include leading agricultural companies such as Florette, Familia Torres and Casa Ametller, as well as leading technology and robotics companies such as Kivnon, Dronetools and Helix North, and AI experts such as GMV. Recognised research organisations such as the BISITE Group of the University of Salamanca, the CSIC, the University of Seville and the Technological Institute of Castilla y León (ITCL) are also taking part.


 

The AGRARIA project: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE APPLIED TO THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION VALUE CHAIN 2050", with file number: MIA.2021.M01.0004 relating to the Call for grants to finance projects of the "R&D Missions in Artificial Intelligence 2021 Programme", within the framework of the Spain Digital Agenda 2025 and the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy, has been financed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, and co-financed with European funds from the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism (RRM).

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