Agriculture

World's largest non-governmental climate insurance programme for smallholder farmers launched

Linel IMG 3857 4 1VisionFund International, World Vision’s microfinance arm and Global Parametrics, has launched a new climate insurance programme, the African and Asian Resilience in Disaster Insurance Scheme (ARDIS), that will benefit more than four million people in six low-income countries

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Skills shortage in the agritech sector holding back IoT innovation: Inmarsat

IoT AF FEAGWhile the vast majority of agritech companies are moving towards IoT, a significant proportion lack the staff and skills needed to take advantage of the technology, according to independent research commissioned by Inmarsat

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Myanmar farmers gain knowledge on laser levelling

cornfield 441842 640The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) funded project, Closing the Rice Yield Gap with Reduced Environmental Footprint project (CORIGAP), conducted a basic operator’s training and demonstration of laser-assisted land levelling technology in Letpadan, Bago Region Myanmar. More than 80 farmers were given first hand experience in using laser land levelling technology

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Mitsubishi and Vegetalia join forces for ICT solution for Japanese farmers

japanese agriculture fareasternagricultureMitsubishi Corporation and Vegetalia, an information and communication technology (ICT) start-up have joined forces to provide solutions for the Japanese agricultural sector


According to demographic trends, the Japanese farming population is ageing and decreasing but advanced ICT solutions could be leveraged to play an important part in modernising the sector and ensuring that knowledge and skills are passed on to the next generation of farmers. To help meet these goals, MItsubishi has invested in Vegetalia, an ICT company which uses artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) to tackle challenges in agriculture.

Vegetalia utilises the latest plant science and ICT to provide solutions for farmers such as the Field Server, an IoT tool that allows farmers to monitor their farm lands using sensors, Paddy Watcj, a water-management system for rice fields, and Agri-Note, a cloud-based system that supports farm management and reporting through the use of maps and aerial photos. The company has also created Plant Clinic, a service that integrates the expertise of plant science specialists, the first private-sector  initiative of its kind in Japan.

Going forward, Vegetalia plans to work with producers and agribusiness enterprises to put the data accumulated through these solutions to use, leveraging big data on an ICT platform across a broad customer base. This will include information on topics such as soil, farm activity and plant growth.

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IoT to transform agricultural sector

IoT agricultureThe Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to transform the agricultural sector, but it has left many agritech companies concerned by the cyber threats associated with the technology

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