On Friday, October 11, 2019 in Liptovske Revuce experts from the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra took part in the conference “Rural Woman – Leader 2019”.
The conference was organized by Rural Parliament in Slovakia. The Rural Parliament in Slovakia was established in 2000 as an informal platform for rural initiatives. Its mission is to promote the improvement of the quality of life in rural areas and to support rural initiatives in the management of rural development.
During their presentation, Zuzana Palkova and Marieta Okenkova introdiced the ideas and main outcomes of the SEED project. The auditorium – farmers and representatives of the companies involved in the food processing – have been informed about the oportunity to hosting the students from Italy, Spain and Belgium thanks to international internship realized in the frame of SEED project activities.
What role do drones play in the precision agriculture of the future?
The first applications indicate it is important that drone pilots, IT workers and agronomists are working together. (source image: VILT).
In Flanders, the EUKA, the Flemish drone cluster provides an overview of the main sectors where drones are being used, such as construction, surveillance, agriculture, technology, logistics, government and leisure.
EUKA was recognized by the Flemish Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship as an Innovative Business Network so that it can help this new economic sector. There is no lack of ambition because 5,000 jobs are expected in the drone industry by 2022. Applications in agriculture will have to be profitable if they want to break through, but the main problems are the small land parcels and the intensive nature of Flemish agriculture.
The West Flanders practice centre INAGRO opted to develop cereals – an extensive crop with low added value – as a test case. In 2017 for the first time they offered fertilisation advice based on data from drone images. (source images INAGRO).
This enabled farmers to develop site-specific,grain parcel fertilisation. “We also want to be able to do this for other crops in the long term, but for crops such as potatoes and vegetables, it is still too difficult to deliver fertilisation advice. We can only manage this for grains “, says Jonathan Van Beek, precision agriculture research leader at INAGRO.
Following the SEED kickoff meeting AIN held a meeting with the Director of the Vocational Training Service at the Education department of the Government of Navarra, Esther Monterrubio and the person responsible for the Internationalisation of VET Jaime Valdeolmillos.
Discussions focused on the active involvement of the Ministry as an associated partner to the project and plans to create a technical team for the benchmarking of the existing CV and the development of a new CV in the field, as well as planning student and staff mobility.
Round Table at Slovak University of Agriculture
On January 31, 2019 SUA welcomed several representatives of vocational schools and training centres from the Nitra region of Slovakia. Experts from SUA introduced the SEED project, its main idea and objectives.
During the discussion the use of drones and mobile robots for agricultural purposes was presented. By the end of the meeting, the guests were keen to be involved in further activities of SEED and contribute for example to the evaluation of project outcomes and outputs.