Agroindustry 4.0 with Artificial Intelligence. What is?

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Tractors that drive themselves, satellites that control crops, internet in the middle of the cane fields are some of the advances that today help improve the productivity of the Colombian countryside. The sugarcane industry is an example of success

“From the field to the table” has always been a colloquial and optimistic phrase, which behind it encompasses gigantic agricultural production processes that can take months and even years. The truth is that, thanks to technology and the implementation of AI in the agribusiness chain, these slow giant steps could be faster and more efficient.

Cenicaña, the union that brings together large and small sugarcane producers, took the risk of transforming its planting and harvesting procedures in the five departments where it has influence, with 241.168 hectares impacted.

"Currently, we produce 225.000 million kilos of cane per year, thanks to the work of 2.750 producers, spread over 14 mills and 167 agroecological zones, which cover 50 municipalities of the Colombian territory”, revealed Freddy Garcés Obando, CEO of Cenicaña.

The transformation tools of this product (sugar cane) are leveraged in a line of circular economy, which allows the production of all kinds of derivatives such as sugar, ethanol fuel, clean energy, paper and even fertilizers.

Garcés Obando, in his speech in the middle of the second Artificial Intelligence Colombia summit, called "AI for sustainability and climate change", listed the multiple technological advances implemented by his union, all leveraged on Big Data. “We are acquiring and putting into operation autonomous electronic tractors (similar to Google or Tesla vehicles) which are controlled via satellite. We also use professional drone systems and IOT systems, such as smart sensors, wireless networks, and specialized software. All these tools have increased our productivity.” added the union leader.

The producers have already completed several months installing different connectivity networks along the banks of the Cauca River: an automated weather platform that takes data from 37 stations. The data collected by Cenicaña's Artificial Intelligence is public and can be consulted by different mobile applications launched by the same guild. Such is the case of the Geoportal. "A farmer can find in this web portal all the necessary information to define plans that optimize his production", Garces added.

In agriculture 4.0, the objective is not only to produce a greater quantity of food or products, but also to guarantee that the crops are healthy and with the development of local varieties. The challenge is to achieve sustainable economic growth. “We seek to reduce the carbon footprint and the water footprint in the field,” he pointed out.

Source:www. – September 28, 2022

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See here the presentation made by Freddy Garcés Obando, general director of Cenicaña.

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