On Wednesday, June 19, the Embassy of Sweden in Athens, in collaboration with the University of Crete and the Consulate of Sweden in Heraklion, organized a Workshop on the sustainability of the agrifood sector, titled «Sustainable agriculture & food – our common future!» at the Chamber of Heraklion, Crete.
The aim of the Workshop was to highlight the challenges that the agrifood sector faces, including all stages from the field to the shelf, and the presentation of digital and technological solutions that contribute to addressing these challenges and to the sustainability of food production.
In this context, research and scientific outcomes were presented by institutions such as University of Crete and the Hellenic Agricultural Organization “Demeter”, on modern methods related to food safety through laboratory analyzes, plant protection, fisheries and aquaculture, and sustainable food production.
NEUROPUBLIC was among the invited organizations and was represented by Vassilis Protonotarios, Outreach & Networking Manager and Dionysis Pantazatos, Project Manager, who presented the gaiasense smart farming system in the context of the second session of the Workshop. The presentation highlighted the main features of the system and focused on how gaiasense contributes to the economic, environmental and social sustainability.
As described during the presentation, gaiasense informs farmers about the precise needs of their crops in terms of irrigation water and nutrients, therefore helps them avoid excess or deprivation. This not only leads to the optimization of inputs (which saves farmers pocket money) but also allows for maximum yield and high quality of fruits. At the same time, the farmer has a better control over biotic and abiotic risks affecting his production through early warnings and optimization of management, while at the same time avoiding the exploitation of the natural resources and protecting the environment.
The event was attended, among others, by members of the academic community, researchers, representatives of agri-food businesses and related research projects, and was introduced by the Swedish Ambassador to Greece Charlotte Sammelin, and the Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs of the University of Crete Giannis Karakasis.