Many farmers acknowledge the use of Agtech but are unsure how to get started in precision culture. In these cases, specialized firms come into play. One such company is Agromapping who specializes in precision farming, data analysis and remote sensing in agriculture. We talked to founder Fran Garcia-Ruiz about Agromappings success story, the need for a change of paradigm in agriculture, the bottleneck for technology adoption and his advice for graduates who want to start a career in Agtech. On Agromapping Please introduce yourself briefly. Who are you and what do you do? My name is Fran Garcia-Ruiz. I am an agronomic engineer and PhD in Crop Sciences with specialization
Smart farming technology and process automation are vital to making agricultural enterprises more efficient and sustainable. AgTech is comprised of many kinds of technical solutions and remote controlling and automation is a huge step towards an era of digital farming. The Spanish startup AutoFarm is working on remote controlling factors from feeding to temperature. Please introduce yourself briefly. Who are you and what do you do? My name is Daniel Reboredo. I currently work at a 1700-quota pig farm with my company Silicent Systems, LLC. We are a startup that is basically dedicated to the design and development of software and hardware for the monitoring and control of farming operations.
Which platforms do you know that provide a point of sale for fresh produce? And how many of these offer a secure payment gateway? If you can’t answer this question, you should definitely get know Subafresh. We talked to Jorge Rafael Martí Rodríguez, CIO at Subafresh about their solution and ways to start a food industry career. Pathway into the food industry Please introduce yourself briefly. Who are you and what do you do? I’m Jorge Rafael Martí Rodríguez: Computer and senior management technician, with over 25 years in the horticultural sector. I’ve been in charge of the IT management in various companies of the wholesale sector, implementing ERP systems and
“Make fresh produce abundant”. This is the mission of UK-based startup Phytoponics Limited. The AgTech company founded in Cardiff in 2016 offers an affordable, sustainable and scalable hydroponics system. In autumn 2016 the company was accepted into the accelerator Startupbootcamp Foodtech in Rome, Italy. We talked do Co-Founder Adam Dixon about the story and vision behing Phytoponics. Dear Adam, thank you for sharing some insights about Phytoponics. In a nutshell: what does Phytoponics do and what problems do you solve? Phytoponics is a British startup in the ag-tech sector, we’ve invented a commercial hydroponic growing system for fresh produce. Our new inflatable technology solves problems in high system cost, as Phytoponics is unique
Precision agriculture holds a huge potential to make farming more sustainable. Drones play an important part in this. The Spanish agtech-startup Tvant offers precision farming services using drone technology. We chatted with Moisés Jiménez about how drones and other tech will change agriculture as we know it today. About Tvant Please introduce yourself briefly. Who are you and what do you do? Hello, first of all I’d like to thank you for counting on my company. My name is Moisés Jiménez, and I am the manager and COO of TVANT. My work in this company consists of operational management and coordination, security, pilot training, and dealing with clients. How did you start and how did
How much food do you waste? Now take that, multiply it and think how much food is thrown out in commercial kitchens every day. Kitchens waste up to 20% of the food they purchased. Even though food waste is a huge problem, foodtech companies address this issue only slowly. One such company is Winnow. Established in 2013 and based in London, Winnow is on a mission to help the hospitality industry tackle avoidable food waste by connecting the kitchen. Making use of the Internet of Things, connected devices and a cloud software Winnow aims at empowering chefs to run a more efficient operation. Thank you for sharing some insights about Winnow.
How can we cope? We are looking at world population of 9.6 billion people in 2050 that will need access to a nutritious and healthy food supply. Still, for many agtech startups, fighting for global food security is not only about producing more food. It also means protecting food sources from diseases that would reduce the production and quality of grains, fibre and biofuel crops, as well as reducing the fertilizer-induced carbon footprint wherever possible. Farmers all over the world have to spend billions of dollars on disease management, while in many places technical infrastructure, disease control practices and know how remain poor. A new generation of entrepreneurs have now started to