Utrecht, Netherland -- The first European edition of the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture, GFIA Europe, welcomed an international audience to the Netherlands where smart technology and digital solutions drove the agenda as the accelerators to the future of sustainable agricultural innovations.
As the world’s largest showcase of sustainable agriculture innovations, GFIA Europe saw collaboration between thousands of the world’s most influential people in industry; science and government coming together to discuss policy, strategy and solutions for a food secure future.
GFIA Europe was opened by HE Martijn van Dam, Minister of Agriculture of the Netherlands, followed by a keynote address from Professor Louise O Fresco, President of the Executive Board, Wageningen University and Research. Louise O Fresco discussed the future of traceable food produced by smart genetics, digital agriculture and the sea and set the tone for the two-day event by stating that: ‘advancement and digitalisation and genetics will change everything’. Bayer AG’s Liam Condon, President Crop Science Division also stated his support that: ‘digitalisation accelerates the ability to increase crop yields sustainability.’
A highlight of the event was a glass-walled ‘Run Live Truck’ by SAP Netherlands and Waterwatch Solutions, which was home to a team of developers working together to build a crop disease alert for farmers during the event.
Maarten Schans, Sector Specialist Agri&Food at Invest in Holland commenting at the close of the event said: ‘We have been extremely honoured to host the first GFIA Europe edition and welcome colleagues from across the globe to the Netherlands. GFIA Europe has been an inspiration with collaboration between stakeholders, a never ending supply of new digital and technology solutions, engaging and well-attended programme of presentations and workshops as well as supporting deals being brokered.’
He added: ‘We need to share knowledge’ and the success of GFIA Europe is that it has provided the perfect platform to bring the industry together to learn from each other. We very much look forward to participating in next year’s edition.’
Next generation agricultural solutions that were exhibited at GFIA Europe included:
- WUGGL One – which allows users to accurately calculate the weight of a pig from simply taking a photograph on a mobile measuring device
- Ocean Harvest Technology – who have tested and created formulations of Microalgae, which can replace growth promoters and several antibiotics in the pig industry.
- Imants BV – who showcased their development in an innovative system for the sustainable rehabilitation of degraded soils by mechanical desalination in combination with organic soil improvement substances.
- Winterlight Greenhouse – presented a new greenhouse concept from Bom Group that, in combination with a new type of screen, screen fabric and special glass, yields more than 10% light during the winter period of cultivation.
- Ecorobotix – who have created the first ever completely autonomous robotic machine for the ecological and economical weeding of row crops, meadows and intercropping cultures.
- GreenCube from Logiqs B.V. – which using just two machines provides a fully automatic vertical farming system.
- SoilCares Scanner – which provides instant, on the spot, affordable soil data and hands-on lime and fertiliser recommendations.
The next edition of GFIA Europe will take place on 20-21 June in Utrecht the Netherlands running alongside VIV Europe, the European trade show for the international Feed to Meat industry.