Designed and implemented in partnership with the American Farm School of Thessaloniki and supported by a donation from AB Vassilopoulos, the innovative Smart Farming programme introduces new technologies aimed at supporting primary sector activities in Greece and represents a significant step towards the development of smart farming in our country.
With the installation of 12 state-of-the-art telemetry systems in selected regions across the country, farmers will have access to accurate, real-time mapped information, made available directly on their computer or mobile device. This will enable them to make informed decisions, based on important meteorological and soil parameters.
The regions selected for the installation of the 12 telemetry systems are associated with the production of agricultural products of key significance the local and national economy and. More specifically, the telemetry systems will be installed in the following
- four vineyards in Kavala, Kilkis and the Peloponnese;
- two olive groves in Kalamata and Chalkidiki;
- four kiwi orchards in Central Macedonia;
- two grassland areas (pastures) in Elassona and Xanthi.
In practical terms, the programme is expected to benefit more than 100-120 farmers, while this number will significantly increase with the addition of indirect beneficiaries, who will have access to an open data platform to be developed and made publicly available.
In what in particular regards the application of smart farming technologies in the cultivation of kiwis and table grapes, this pilot programme forms part of the EU’s S3 interregional high-tech platform, in which 27 regions from all EU Member States participate. The programme’s results will serve as the guide for formulating the European policy in the agricultural sector post-2020, placing Greece at the very centre of developments and offering to Greek farmers a distinct advantage over the other European farmers in these particular fields.
Based on the programme’s work and results so far, AB Vassilopoulos won the Gold Prize in the “Partnership with Local Producers” category of the Supermarkets Awards 2019.
To find out more, please visit the programme’s website (available in Greek only), here: http://smartfarminginitiative.gr/