The EU Commission aims to reduce the use of chemical pesticides by 50% by 2030. At the same time, farmers face complex decisions and investments if they want to change their farming practices.
This is where a new EU funding project comes in: CONSERWA’s objective is to give European farmers a concrete overview of which technologies and cultivation methods are suitable for various vegetable and cereal crops. The special feature: The 22 partners involved come from 11 countries – and deliberately from countries with very different climates and soil conditions. After all, what works in Spain may be completely unsuitable for Finland. What is the perfect solution for Romania may not help a Belgian farmer.
Universities and manufacturers are involved, as well as farmers. And: Escarda!
Escarda will continue to work on its AI, which identifies weeds and then destroys them with lasers, as part of the grant project. In the process, it plans to expand the range of recognized crops. Then even more farmers with even more vegetables or crops will be able to use Escarda’s solution. In the sub-project, Escarda is working very closely with the Swiss company Alpes Lasers to ensure that its own system fits smoothly with other agricultural equipment.
The €5 million project started on May 1 and will run for four years.
We wish it every success!