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Weekly Greek agricultural newspaper

SMART
FARMING

When policy makers


and experts talk,
they say it to
“Ypaithros Chora”
Smart farming, diffusion and acceptance of new technologies, innovative food production, smart rural
regions are at the centre of “Ypaithros Chora”. Since it was published three years ago, hundreds of articles
on these issues have been presented in both printed and digital editions. A small indicative example of
these is presented in this 2018 english edition. It includes interviews of E.U. Commissioner Phil Hogan,
Minister Nikos Pappas and Secretary General Stelios Rallis, as well as the views of Pierre Bascou Head
of Dir. D of DG Agri and Fotis Chatzipapadopoulos President of NEUROPUBLIC. Finally, a sample of
smart farming applications practices in vines, cotton cultivation, almond and olive grooves are included.
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Phil Hogan
EU Agriculture Commissioner

Smart
farming
is here
to stay
Issue 118 | Publication date: 02/02/2018 Innovation Hubs, the ownership of digital data and their the possibility of making the communication of different
implications on the rural economy. Moving from the plan “links in the chain” possible and interconnecting mechanical

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n an interview for Ypaithros Chora, EU Agriculture to practice requires investment. We need investment in equipment via the Internet.
Commissioner Phil Hogan emphasised the role of business hubs that connect the farmer with technology Taking advantage of all mentioned above and the data
innovation and smart farming. The Irish politician providers, scientists and those who can finance innovation. collected through satellites, we will achieve another thing
presented the changes that new technologies bring to This is precisely the EU Single Digital Market, which is that is particularly important: the digitization will lead to
agricultural productivity and competitiveness, regional one of the ten priorities of the Juncker Plan. A market the administrative simplification of the CAP.
development, and living conditions in the countryside. that will contribute €415 billion to the European
According to the EU official, new technologies will also economy. Does Europe have the necessary infrastructure
help Europe meet its international climate and environment to achieve all these objectives?
obligations. Is smart farming part of this framework? We need to address the issue of broadband networks.
Of course. Smart farming is basically about how to use Despite the fact that 76% of Europe’s population has
In the document that you presented in November the right amount of inputs at the right time. By identifying access to fast broadband network, this percentage is
on the Future of Nutrition and Agriculture, through and combining soil, climate and plant variety data, farm almost halved, to 40% to be accurate, in rural areas. This
which you officially launched the consultations management, etc., we can propose new solutions to old is a serious disadvantage that prevents the creation of new
on the post-2020 CAP, a new role is given to new problems and develop new products and services, create businesses, employment and prosperity. Low connectivity
technologies. What is this? growth and jobs in the primary sector. has high costs for the farmer and the countryside.
The main objectives of this document are to simplify For instance, last summer, I visited the research To close this gap, we have budgeted €6 billion,
and modernise the Common Agricultural Policy. To this and development centres of many large enterprises of mainly in the regions, and approximately 18 million
end, technology can make a decisive contribution. Bridging agricultural machinery and equipment. There, I found that people will benefit from that in the countryside.
the digital gap is one of the most important challenges of up to 70% of the new agricultural machinery available Together with my fellow Commissioners, Oettinger,
agriculture, livestock and the countryside today, and we today includes smart farming equipment. That is, then, the Cretu and Gabriel, we called on the Member States
need to do more to tackle it. The Cork 2.0 Declaration, new reality toward which we are moving. to set up broadband offices to deliver the necessary
published in 2016, outlined the plan for an innovative and infrastructure more quickly. However, I must emphasise
integrated rural and agricultural policy. All these principles How could we speed it up and spread it that it is the responsibility of each country to determine
have been incorporated into the document on the CAP after across Europe? the timing of these actions.
2020 to make it smarter and more modern. There are two issues that need to be addressed
immediately. On the one hand, the question of There is also another aspect of the implementation
Let’s start off with the countryside and the regions. the ownership of farm data collected and concern of modern technology: the achievement
What are the changes that the digital era is measurements on farms and on the other hand, the of sustainable development...
supposed to bring about? possibility of communication between different systems, The EU is committed to achieving the sustainable
Digitization has a lot to offer to the countryside. First, it their compatibility. development goals, one of which is related to cheap and
will make these areas more attractive destinations to live clean energy. We need to help farmers achieve this goal as
and work. Digital technology helps create new businesses Do public authorities intend to take any initiatives they manage half of the EU’s land. Strengthening farmers
and high-value jobs. It can offer rural residents access to in this direction? and simplifying the CAP will allow our farmers to contribute
culture, education and services as well as narrow the life We already have taken such initiatives. For example, we to Europe’s international climate and environment
quality gap between the countryside and city. In addition, test the costs and benefits of specific applications through commitments. And this will be achieved through the most
it can encourage young people to stay or even return. dedicated services such as EIP. Research programmes basic principle governing precision farming, i.e. producing
In recent months, we are often talking about Digital co-funded by EU resources create platforms to enhance more with less.
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Nikos Pappas Minister of Digital Policy, Media and Telecommunications

We work intensively to end the digital


isolation of the Greek countryside
Issue 102 | Publication date: 13/10/2017 remote areas to telecommunication networks. For this
reason, public intervention, through the implementation
The EU believes that the use of online equipment of infrastructure projects, focuses heavily on these areas.
will change agricultural and livestock production It is a matter of justice and democracy not to let any
and is therefore a one-way street towards growth. citizen be excluded from the upcoming digital growth.
US Congress recently ruled that tackling the digital Our goal is to spread infrastructure, applications and
“inequality” between the cities and countryside is a technologies on equal terms throughout Greece. It is
top priority. Is the digital convergence so important important, however, not only to get the technologies
for those who produce in the agri-food sector or live there, but also to educate the citizens. Because, without
in the countryside? the people, we do nothing. This is our vision for digital
In addition to putting an end to the ‘digital isolation of the growth. To bring tomorrow, today for all. This is the slogan
countryside’, the contribution of new technologies to the of our ministry.
primary production sector is indeed very important. That Just consider how attractive it may be for a businessman
is precisely why I insist that the digital economy should be or an investor to work from a remote area at the same
prioritised. There are a number of digital applications that speeds enjoyed in the central square of Athens. In this
make it easier for producers and allow new methods to be context, the General Secretariat for Telecommunications
implemented, reducing costs and increasing production. and Post already implements the Rural Broadband project,
Modern systems use meteorological and other data, allow which enables broadband connections to be accessed
for crop monitoring and facilitate appropriate interventions by more than 500,000 citizens in remote areas, while
in production methods. Regional Broadband Extension, a budget of €60 million,
For instance, in a recent visit to Corallia Cluster, we is in the final stage of preparation, which will fill in all
learned about specific applications that take advantage broadband gaps in the country.
of the satellite and space technology for the benefit of
farmers by analysing satellite crops and suggesting What is Greece’s national digital strategy and how
optimal irrigation, fertiliser use and pesticide is it expected to affect the farmer? What are your
solutions. In this way, they already reduce by 25% plans, especially in terms of services and products
the cost to 5,000 producers participating in the that can be used in the agricultural sector?
pilot project, while also improving the quality The government’s decision, which has already
of the products. It’s obvious, therefore, that a started being implemented, is that the Information
competitive production process should also be and Communication Technologies (ICT) will be the
able to use new technologies. lever for restarting and developing the economy
and for boosting employment, especially in highly-
I assume for this reason, broadband specialised areas.
infrastructure was also a priority These particular areas are the catalyst for
for the Juncker Plan. more efficient public administration, as well as
The development of broadband a means of improving citizens’ life quality and
infrastructure in rural areas is a high enhancing social cohesion. In this direction,
priority for Europe as it promotes one we are putting in place a coherent strategic
of the most important objectives of plan that will be the reference framework for
Europe’s cohesion policy: it removes designing and implementing all digital growth
barriers, bridges the digital gap and actions and interventions within five years
tackles digital exclusion and, to a large This is precisely the objective of
extent, the exclusion of citizens from the 2016-2021 National Digital
digital society. I would like to recall that at Strategy, which specifies seven areas
her first official visit to Athens and to our ministry, the new of intervention, the priorities for each
Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya sector, the implementation actions that
Gabriel, made a special reference to the European Union’s are required, as well as all the necessary
goal to end digital isolation. Broadband infrastructures will measures and actions for the modernisation
allow people living in remote areas to equally participate in of the design and implementation of
social affairs, to be up-to-date and to access public goods, projects and actions of Information and
such as new eGovernment technologies, e-commerce, Communication Technologies in the public
tele-education, telemedicine and others. sector. The agricultural sector, the rural economy
and society have an important place in the National
Farmers are often connected to networks Digital Strategy, precisely because the government
at extremely unprofitable prices. In addition, aims to strengthen the primary production sector.
communication in remote areas or with natural The National Digital Strategy’s actions include
obstacles is often problematic... expanding rural extension networks to rural areas
It is true that the distance and geophysical surface (Rural Extension) with an aim to cover non-urban
often make it difficult to interconnect people living in areas with Next Generation Access infrastructure.
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Stelios Rallis
Secretary General of Digital Policy

Up to 1 million
people will benefit
from the smart
agriculture project
Issue 134 | Publication date: 25/05/2018 million hectares of different climatic and terrestrial zones and data (e.g. when / how they watered, when / how much it
20 of the country’s most exported crops. It is a technology rained). I would like to emphasise at this point that part

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ecretary General of Digital Policy Stelios Rallis spoke infrastructure project (supply of telemetric stations and of the project is the training of farmers in the use of the
to Ypaithros Chora on the occasion of the “digital software) and is designed to analyse data for the benefit platform and their familiarity with modern technologies. The
transformation of agriculture” project, which is due of producers and consumers. I would also like to point out training will take place through workshops, in cooperation
to be announced soon. that both the platform and the software code will be wholly with local stakeholders. Online training and constant support
Rallis highlighted the following points: 1) for the first owned by the Greek state. through the platform are also planned. It is important here
time, integrated national infrastructure is being created, to stress that enhancing digital skills of farmers is part of
which offers solutions for all those involved in agricultural What is the national smart farming platform? How our ministry’s broader planning to enhance the digital skills
production. 2) Data, software, hardware, firmware, does the producer benefit and how will it work? of all citizens.
blueprints, studies, and the project code belong to the Greek The project basically makes use of the Internet of Things
government. 3) An ecosystem is being built and a value chain technology, Space Technology and Big Data technology. The The post-2020 CAP is going to focus on smart
is created for the Greek product, dealing a blow to fake platform will collect this primary information: agriculture applications. Will we be able to actively
Greek products. 4) Life in the countryside is improving and 1. From approximately 6,500 earth stations, that will and effectively follow this big change?
becoming appealing to young people. 5) Smart agriculture be set up in crops in all 13 regions. Sensors are placed on Indeed, with the European Commission’s Communication
means opportunities for unemployed agronomists, for the these stations and, with the help of the Internet of Things, last November, topics such as promoting smart farming,
development of entrepreneurship, tourism and extroversion. data related to agricultural production such as soil, crop, enhancing environmental protection and climate action, and
atmosphere and water data will be collected from the field improving standards of living in the countryside take center
Why is this project necessary for the prosperity of the through the stations and will be transmitted over a mobile stage in the future CAP.
Greek countryside? network to the platform. But let us look at the Commission’s philosophy in the
Until now, new technologies have not been exploited in 2. From the existing meteorological stations National new CAP. What does it aim for? Its main goal is the smart
a large-scale national project, guaranteed by the Greek Meteorological Service management of reduced resources in the “produce more
state. And when we refer to technological possibilities, we 3. From the Earth observation satellite systems of the with less” logic as well as population restructuring of the
are talking about the possibilities of analysing big data, Copernicus project and the micro-satellites built in Greece. primary sector in order to increase the number of young
which, with the help of information and communication The information collected on the platform will be classified farmers.
technologies, can be gathered in one place, on a platform in a Data warehouse and Clouds and, with the appropriate So, as you put it, yes, the CAP after 2020 puts smart
and be diffused so that the farmers benefit from them. In processing, will feed into advanced decision-making systems, farming applications at its core and with the “Digital
the 21st century, farmers are asking for solutions to their based on the needs of each producer. Transformation of the Agricultural Sector” project, we do
problems. With the delivery of the project, the farmer will receive not passively observe this great change, but we set the
And these problems must be tackled with modern tools, agricultural warnings for extreme weather events, as well as foundations for a smooth transition toward a sustainable
which today are not available to all. This is exactly the gap advice on irrigation, fertilisation and plant protection with the agriculture where the farmer, with the support of new
smart farming is willing to fill in. Note that in the first phase, help of a farm advisor. Notifications will be received free of technologies, will produce more and better products at
project beneficiaries reach 450,000, a figure that could charge, with an SMS on their mobile (not necessarily smart less cost and with respect to the environment. At the same
increase to 1 million, as in the next phase the project can phone) or through an application. time, this project will help achieve the objective of attracting
be extended across the country. In addition, there will be full access to electronic more young farmers back into the field, renewing the rural
Initially, the project covers half of the arable land, i.e. 1, 5 applications that will allow a farmer to digitize the crop population.
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Fotis Chatzipapadopoulos
President of NEUROPUBLIC

Gaiasense smart farming system


promises massive investment in 2018
Issue 113 | Publication date: 29/12/2017 samples taken from the fields, and agricultural advisors who
have specialised in gaiasense smart farming. It’s all together.
Can you tell us in simple terms For the farmer, however, it is simply a subscription service,
what smart agriculture is? which they can use by paying only a few euros per hectare
For each of his crops, a farmer usually applies the same every year. By making a simple subscription to the service,
fertiliser regime, the same irrigation and the same plant a farmer can use all of these gaiasense technology tools and
protection spraying programme each year, with no field-to- research scientists, without having to invest and buy special
field variations. In other words, based on their experience technology equipment themselves.
and possibly imitating others, they have come up with a
protocol of applications for each of their crops, which is So are you saying that there is no need to get
applied equally and without any shift, every season. technological equipment in every field for which
However, the water and fertiliser needs of plants, as well gaiasense services are provided?
as the elements that threaten them, vary according to the The great innovation of gaiasense is that first and
atmospheric and soil conditions. In every different field and foremost, it is a smart farming system that collects data
every different year, sprays need to be changed because from all sources, i.e. sensors in the field and on the tractor,
the risk of fungals or insects depends on the atmospheric satellites, agronomists and the farmer themselves. On the
conditions and other epidemiological factors that also other hand, the installation and operation of the required
constantly change. The same applies to irrigation and technological equipment is done centrally, with the company
fertilisation. being responsible for the construction, installation and
When the same cultivation practices are applied, uninterrupted operation of the system.
cultivation does not achieve the best possible performance. In this way, we create technological infrastructure that
Usually, more fertilisers are wasted, as well as medicines includes, among others, sensors that we put into the fields.
and water, putting further burdens on producer’s finances But because we do it centrally, we can put sensors in
and the environment. Smart farming offers a different way: representative fields of an area and with the data we collect
the farmer is able to decide when, where, the quantity, and from them, the system gives personalised information about
how to apply fertilisers, irrigations and medicines taking what the state of the crop is in each field within the area of
into account the atmospheric and soil conditions, which the sensor network coverage .
determine the exact needs of cultivation at any time. For instance, in an area of 10.000 hectares, we can have
In this way, the fertiliser that each crop needs is applied only 20 sensor points and cover 1,000 different fields
depending on the field, the watering is done at the right time within that area. With this innovative approach, we reduce
depending on the type of soil and the prevailing atmospheric the technology costs significantly, and therefore every
conditions, and the sprays to face enemies are applied, farmer can use the service, no matter how small their field is.
precisely when there is a risk. This results in reducing input Depending on the acres they cultivate, they pay a low annual
quantities, increasing production, protecting crops better subscription and do not take any risk, since they do not need
and improving crop quality. to buy and invest in expensive technology equipment.
Smart farming takes advantage of information technologies
to collect all this data and also uses technologies that If I were a farmer and wanted to use gaiasense for
make use of the available knowledge of specialists such as the next growing season, how could I go about it?
soil scientists, compostologists, phytopathologists, plant At the moment, gaiasense sensor technology
physiologists, agricultural engineers, entomologists, etc. No. Gaiasense is not an individual device. It’s not an infrastructure covers a total area of 20.000 hectares in 12
to process data and provide appropriate indications of the individual application for a mobile phone or a computer. It different regions of Greece. In the course of 2018, however,
actions needed to be taken in the field. is a multi-dimensional integrated system that includes many a highly aggressive investment will be made and the covered
different devices, various mobile and computer applications, area will expand.
You represent Neuropublic, which in cooperation with computing centres that continuously collect data from the So, it’s highly possible that your fields will be in an area
GAIA EPIXEIREIN, has created the smart gaiasense fields, satellites, tractors, special agronomists and the that will be within our network coverage in 2018. You can
farming system. But what exactly is gaiasense? Is it a farmers themselves. In addition, data is collected from expert simply visit the gaiasense website and fill in your contact
device that a farmer can buy and put it on his field or scientists who offer their knowledge in gaiasense but also information and we will let you know about the possibilities
on his tractor? learn from it, from laboratories that perform analyses on that you have.

foresees provides gives


developments useful advice valid answers
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Smart farming summit in Kiato, Corinthia


The viticulture community shows its interest
Issue 132 | Publication date: 11/05/2018

Pierre Bascou “Today, I had the opportunity to see in practice how new production, he has to be backed, not by companies selling inputs,
technologies are being used and how they can help farmers improve but by structures and services that provide advice based on their
Head their productivity and income, while reducing the negative impact on real needs.
of Dir. D the environment. The gaiasense system is an extremely interesting For this reason, the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will
of DG Agri application and is a very good example of what can and should be have at its core adequate funding and access for all EU farmers
done everywhere across the EU, as is the case in Stimanga. to efficient and reliable agricultural advisory services. If you want
The agricultural sector is experiencing a technological revolution, my opinion, access to real counselling is more important than
which should be put into the core, at the heart of the way the farmer income support. In addition, technology should be used for more
produces from now on. The European Commission will support this effective monitoring of the CAP and especially for more effective
transition with financial resources and measures. Of course, in order implementation of the Integrated Administration and Control System
for farmers to take this big leap towards the future of agricultural (IACS).”

Thierry Coste “I am particularly pleased because today producers from France these challenges, we need to put science into the production process.
and Greece sat at the same table and discussed our future, taking Besides, wine production is already a science.
Chairman of our into account the advantages of technology and innovation. The great Smart agriculture, in particular, gives us this opportunity and we
Working Party challenge for us, as winegrowers, is how European wine will remain must spread it, primarily through the cooperatives, which are an
on wine at Copa-Cogeca the world leader. But we also have a mission and a responsibility: ideal and privileged tool to encourage the use of new technologies.
to change cultivation methods and to produce more sustainably for Because, as cooperatives that apply these methods of production, we
the environment, for the place we live and for future generations. are networking with each other, designing and implementing common
In addition, we need to ensure that European wine is a top actions and becoming more powerful and effective, all together, and
quality, high-quality product, that it ensures high health standards, each of us individually, as the collective advantage is passed on to
as European wine is a product of nature. In order to respond to all the producer.

Yves Madre “Today, we had a very interesting visit, in which we saw closely the no other country in the EU where this innovation is applied in such
application of smart agriculture to grapes. We then sat down altogether a systematic and extended way. Greece is, therefore, in a position
Co-founder with the cooperatives, organisations and producers from France and to offer know-how and advice to the rest of Europe’s wine-growing
of the Farm Europe Greece and discussed how this innovation can be spread across the countries that produce grapes and wine.
think-tank EU. Farm Europe firmly believes that the new technologies must reach So the first conclusion is that Greece is one step ahead compared
European viticulture -and not only. In order to boost the productivity to others. The second is that there is an interest and the basis to
and profitability of the sector and to strengthen the position of the push for a wider partnership that will embrace all European wine-
grape grower and winemaker, and of course also in order to reduce the producing countries. I was convinced that there is a desire from all
negative impact that the cultivation often causes on the environment. stakeholders who have been here today to work together, and that
Today, therefore, it is the first time that, at the level of European this cooperation should be extended to include other countries, for
cooperatives and producers, we sit down to discuss how new example, a first thought is Italy, whose cultivation has similar features
technologies can enhance wine-growing and wine production, and that to France and Greece.
is extremely significant. What I want to emphasise is that because I And, of course, it is a critical question to find those bodies that have
know what is happening across Europe, Greece is the first EU country this know-how, now owned by GAIA Epixeirein, in other countries,
to apply smart agriculture in wine-growing. I know the gaiasense in order to make something similar to what is being happening in
system well and I have seen its application on olive cultivation as Greece; much more coordinated and expanded and, with the support
part of my participation in the 4th Pan-Hellenic Conference of GAIA of the European institutions, to spread it as widely as possible across
BUSINESS last November and I can say with certainty that there is the EU. This is the challenge ahead of us.
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Yanni’s Olive Grove


Issue 137 | Publication date: 15/06/2018

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t is a multi award-winning and internationally renowned
olive oil, which is produced at low cost and has managed

Olive Oil: 30% reduction


to penetrate the largest markets in the world, including
the US and Japan. The olive oil of ‘Yanni’s Olive Grove’,
a farming business in Nea Potidea, Halkidiki, is owned by
Yiannis Prodromos and his wife, Evi Psounou-Prodromou.

in production costs and


They spoke to Ypaithros Chora about what they’ve achieved
so far. Since 2015, the two farmers have managed to cut
production costs by 30%, while increasing their product
sales. The secret behind this particular award-winning olive
oil is the following: personal work and technology.
Evi told Ypaithros Chora that ‘Yanni’s Olive Grove’ was one
of the first agricultural enterprises to install the gaiasense
intelligent farming system, which it did in 2015. “We were
the first farmers in Greece who, following a proposal from
the American Farm School, installed two weather stations
parallel increase in sales
at two points on the farm, which is 214 acres”. “Once it The technique behind the success of the award-winning Greek olive oil
was installed, we began to record our agricultural activities,
when and how much we fertilise, water and sprinkle. Now, proper watering time of the crop,” Evi explained.
we are in the third year of implementing the system and we
closely follow the advice it provides,” she explained. Sales increase
The use of the cost-cutting gaiasense system was also
Reducing costs by 30% the reason for the increase in product sales, as the two
Their desire to produce a perfect crop and their farmers decided to pass this reduction on to the product.
willingness to differentiate themselves from the rest led “As a standardization company for olive oil and olives,
to the immediate implementation of the system, whose we decided to pass last year’s profit to the product. This
advice helped them greatly reduce production costs. “Our resulted in lowering the price of the product, making it much
cultivation has two directions: we produce both table olives more competitive. We managed to start selling much more,”
and olive oil, so we have two costs.” She explained that Evi admitted.
the first cost is related to the picking of the olives, as it
is done by hand and the other cost is the cultivation. “At Cyclonium and olive fly prevention
farm cost, we have a very large reduction, which is over But the information related to the cultivation practices
30%,” Evi said. also raises the alarm about any crop disease before it can
But for Evi, the most important elements is that cause damage. Evi referred in particular to one common
the irrigation cost has been significantly reduced. For disease in the region, Cyclonium. “Cycloconium is related
the wider region of Halkidiki and other parts of the to humidity, which is increased due to our location near
country, this is important, considering the enormous the sea. The gaiasense system, therefore, raises the
water problems. “The sensors placed on the ground alarm, warning us to be careful, when the disease is
immediately warn us of the amount of water and the coming” Evi added.

Cotton producers in Rodopi put an end


to irrational use of water and fertilisers
Issue 142 | Publication date: 20/07/2018

“So far we watered and fertilised our cotton uncontrollably.


We used to use the wrong type and amount of fertiliser, while
the use of water was inconsiderate,” Kostas Keramaris, a
cotton producer from Rodopi, told Ypaithros Chora. Since April
2018, Keramaris has changed the way he cultivates and now
is aware of what exactly his cultivation needs. Since April, the Issue 139 | Publication date: 29/06/2018
gaiasense intelligent farming system has been a “mediator”
between Kostas and his field. Thanks to gaiasense, the cotton Technology in the field changes
producer uses the right fertilisers in the right quantities and
has managed to reduce the amount of water used. “Before the cultivation of almond trees
installing the system, I used one fertiliser, I did not make The chances of producers getting to a point where their
surface lubrication, and I pounded empirically,” Kostas noted. cultivation methods will produce a better quality product
After a geological analysis conducted by the gaiasense with as low a cost as possible, are now improved and
team, to his surprise he found out that the soils were deficient those very producers can confirm it.
in elements such as boron, nitrogen and phosphorus. Erdjan
Hussein from Glyfada in Rodopi, has managed to decrease the How the system works
amount of water used on his cotton plants via the use of the Mr. Dalipis talked about the operation and
gaiasense system. “I got a message to start watering with 30 implementation of the system during the course of
cubic metres of water per acre, while I am waiting for the next one and a half years. He noted that “after the previous
message to water. With this process, I know the right time and experiment, the gaiasense team informs me about the
the amount of water I need to use,” he told Ypaithros Chora. The time and amount of fertiliser, spraying and watering”. But
idea behind Erdjan’s decision to install the system was that, in one of the most important parameters is that the system
his opinion, producers in Greece should stop cultivating based is able to alert the producer about potential diseases.
on traditional practices and switch to new systems already in “The system notifies me about the need to spray; if I had
use in Europe and America. to spray or if there was no reason to do so”.