Briefing of the Minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media on the gaiasense smart farming system

Briefing of the Minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media on the gaiasense smart farming system

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Briefing of the Minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media on the gaiasense smart farming system

On Friday November 10th, 2017, representatives of the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media, including Minister Dr. Nikos Pappas, his Special Advisor Mr. Giorgos Christoforidis, Secretary General of Communication and Media Dr. Lefteris Kretsos and Secretary General of Digital Policy Mr. Stelios Rallis, visited the premises of the agricultural cooperative Venus Growers at Veria Imathias in order to be informed about the gaiasense smart farming system (www.gaiasense.gr) that the cooperative has adopted.

Venus Growers is the largest exporter of clingstone, canned peach at a global level. During the last years, it participates in the gaiasense smart farming project. In the context of the project, ten (10) gaiatron telemetric stations recording atmospheric and soil data have been installed, covering a total area of more than 10.000 ha of clingstone peach trees. At this moment, dozens of the cooperative’s producers participate in the specific installation, while in the next couple of years more than 2,000 producers of clingstone peaches in the area are expected to benefit from the smart farming services. The financial benefit of the participating producers from the smart farming services for irrigation, fertilization and plant protection starts from 20% while in some cases it even reached 35%.

During his visit, the Minister had the opportunity to eyewitness the farmers’ support process in the gaiasense smart farming coordination center, located at the Venus Growers processing unit. There, the Minister was informed about the dimensions of the gaiasense system, such as the network of telemetric stations, the Copernicus satellite data, the fully digitized system of integrated management and the decision support system, and attended a demonstration of the way in which advice is provided to farmers.

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The visit was completed with an on-site visit of the Ministry’s representatives to a field where gaiatron atmo και gaitron soil telemetric stations have been installed for recording atmospheric and soil data respectively. There, the collaborating producer referred to the increase of his profit while at the same time reducing his production risks through the adoption of the gaiasense services.

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