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Huida Technology participate in the 2024 Hannover Agricultural Machinery Exhibition in Thailand. (Image source: Huida Tech)

HUIDA TECH, China's foremost manufacturer of agricultural drones, tractor autopilot systems, and intelligent irrigation systems, showcased its flagship agricultural products and solutions, including agricultural drones, navigation, and intelligent irrigation systems at Agritechnica Asia 2024, held from May 22 to 24 in Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre

The premier trade fair for agricultural machinery and equipment in Asia, jointly hosted by The German Agricultural Society (DLG) and VNU Exhibition Asia Pacific, provided a platform for HUIDA TECH to highlight its commitment to providing highly efficient agricultural solutions. The company focuses on R&D and manufacturing of advanced equipment covering the entire farming and harvesting process, widely applied in various stages of agricultural production in Thailand.

Faye Liang, head of HUIDA TECH Asia-Pacific Region, emphasised the company's deep understanding of the agricultural sector's practical needs for intelligent equipment. She stated, "HUIDA TECH has long been immersed in the agricultural sector, deeply understanding the practical needs for intelligent equipment. We continually upgrade our R&D and manufacturing capabilities and establish a global sales and service network. Leveraging our strong R&D and supply chain advantages, we focus on innovation and intelligent technology to transform traditional agriculture, ensuring precision, automation, and intelligent operation."

Smart drone solutions: Boosting efficiency, accuracy, and safety

Their latest 540S agricultural drone builds upon the foundation of the HD540Pro, enhancing functions and performance, especially in spraying, sowing, avionics control, and electricity optimisation, to meet various application scenarios. This innovation aims to achieve safer, more precise, and more efficient agricultural operations, including sowing and spraying. Notably, HUIDA TECH has achieved independent R&D of all core components, allowing for comprehensive management of the product's development process.

Navigating bigger crop yield: Precision in agricultural machinery autopilot

The HD408 navigation agricultural machinery autopilot system developed by HUIDA TECH enables high-precision positioning, inertial navigation, and automatic control for operations such as sowing, furrowing, mulching, and ridging. Operating nonstop around the clock, this system improves land utilisation, operating accuracy, efficiency, and boosts crop yield and economic benefits.

Smart irrigation solutions: Conserving resources and costs

Their intelligent irrigation system integrates intelligent monitoring and control equipment with software, accurately controlling the entire irrigation process from the pump room to the field. Real-time status monitoring of crop growth, pests and diseases, and soil environment, coupled with agronomic, crop, and soil modeling, provides growers with scientific insight to make decisions and optimise planting management. The system is expected to save 30% of water, 15% of fertiliser, and labor by 80%, thereby improving crop yield while lowering operating costs.

Focus on Southeast Asian market: Localising solutions for Thailand

Thailand, as the most important agricultural country in Southeast Asia, is the world's No.1 producer of natural rubber, a top rice exporter, and a major producer and exporter of cash crops including cassava, sugar cane, and corn.

Liang stated, "The market is presenting both challenges and opportunities. For HUIDA TECH, we will focus on not only promoting intelligent product development but also advancing the localisation of our products, services, and solutions in the Southeast Asian market."

 

Verdi’s AI-powered devices are designed to transform existing farm infrastructure into smart systems, leading to significant water savings and sustainable farming. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

NEC X, the innovation accelerator from Silicon Valley, supported by the advanced technology portfolio of NEC, has announced its latest investment in Verdi Expeditions Inc., the pioneer in scalable farm automation and bespoke plant health care solutions 

In addition to the financial commitment, NEC X will work in tandem with Verdi to further develop its technology and extend its reach geographically, while also supporting NEC’s CropScope initiative. This joint endeavor aims to advance irrigation methods on Portuguese farms in collaboration with Kagome Co., Ltd, and concurrently, CropScope will enhance Verdi’s farm automation technology and increase its support for agricultural production.

This partnership and collective effort are in line with the objectives of NEC X’s Elev X! programs, which aim to create strategic partnerships that bridge technological divides, foster innovation, and expedite the global adoption of pioneering startups.

Furthermore, this marks Verdi’s inclusion in the Elev X! Boost program, which offers startups poised for substantial growth a tailored mix of capital, strategic partnerships, and integration with NEC’s vast technological ecosystem.

Shintaro Matsumoto, president and CEO of NEC X, emphasised the necessity for innovative and sustainable agricultural infrastructure in light of the growing severity of weather conditions and global resource shortages. He reaffirmed NEC X’s commitment to this critical issue through the strategic investment in Verdi, whose cutting-edge solutions are expected to revolutionize farming practices. He is confident that Verdi will have a significant and lasting impact as part of the Elev X! Boost and the CropScope initiative.

Arthur Chen, CEO and Co-founder of Verdi, expressed that the strategic partnership, collaboration, and integration with NEC X are invaluable as they enhance their AI capabilities and expand their platform to new markets. With NEC’s global presence and deep industry knowledge, he believes they are well-positioned to become a global leader. He views NEC X’s support as more than just an investment; it is a partnership dedicated to the success of startups.

Established in 2020 by Canadian entrepreneurs Arthur Chen and Roman Kozak, Verdi is at the forefront of developing modern agricultural automation tools and addressing the scalability challenges that have historically impeded the widespread adoption of farm automation.

Verdi’s smart devices upgrade existing agricultural infrastructure, such as irrigation systems, into intelligent systems capable of AI-driven automation. This enables farmers to increase the productivity of crops and workforce while substantially lowering the costs of adopting new technologies. Verdi has also made a sustainable impact on its clients, which include some of the largest food brands globally, saving them over 30 million liters of water in 2023.

This recent investment aligns with NEC’s longstanding dedication to promoting sustainable and profitable farming practices. This commitment is exemplified by the development of the AI-powered agricultural ICT platform “CropScope,” and the formation of joint ventures like DXAS Agricultural Technology LDA with Kagome Co., Ltd.

With this investment, NEC X joins an esteemed group of investors in Verdi, including SVG Ventures, a key player in NEC X’s expanding partner network that provides startups with essential expertise, resources, and opportunities for growth. SVG Ventures played a pivotal role in introducing Verdi at the THRIVE accelerator demo day in Calgary, a highlight of Stampede 2023.

Farmers and the local agriculture sector hope that implementing these revolutionary farming methods in Can Tho will help raise rice quality, while also cutting emissions from cultivation. (Image source: MARD)

5 April marked the launch of a high-quality, low-emission rice production pilot model in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho

The 50-acre model that will apply sustainable farming practices, will first be tested at the Thuan Tien Cooperative in Thanh An commune. Once the model proves successful, it will be replicated in all of the cooperative’s 512 hectares, as well as other localities. The project has managed to garner support from numerous international organisations and businesses such as the World Bank and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

The launching ceremony of the project was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), and 12 Mekong Delta localities, farmers, experts and those from international organisations. With the aim of training local farmers, the MARD on the same day, launched five demonstration sites on high-quality, low-carbon rice cultivation

Farmers and the local agriculture sector hope that implementing these revolutionary farming methods in Can Tho will help raise rice quality, while also cutting emissions from cultivation. IRRI deputy director general, Joanna Kane-Potaka also hopes that this private model will enable farmers to reflect on the experience of experts and partners in low-carbon rice cultivation. 

 

The initiative's success reflects the combined efforts of partners, collaborators, and the farming community. (Image source: ICRISAT)

Powered by research and data from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), farmers can quickly address numerous agricultural challenges by leveraging the strengths of the Plantix app's AI-driven diagnostics

Thanks to the seamless integration of technology and agricultural expertise, more than 30 million smallholder farmers in the semi-arid tropics have been empowered with real-time plant health management advice, significantly improving farming practices. 

The initiative's success reflects the combined efforts of partners, collaborators, and the farming community. CEO of Plantix, Simone Strey extended gratitude to all stakeholders involved in the decade-long initiative, while also encouraging like-minded entities to join the mission of transforming agriculture through science and technology. 

"We believe in the power of shared visions, combining science, innovation and technology to create effective solutions that truly benefit smallholder farmers,” stated director general of ICRISAT, Dr Jacqueline d’Arros Hughes. “Together, we have achieved over 30 million downloads of the Plantix app and analysed more than 100 million images, providing critical agricultural insights to millions of farmers worldwide.” 

In recognition of the 10-year milestone, ICRISAT and Plantix also unveiled a commemorative brochure, 'Sowing a Seed of Change'. According to Dr Srikanth Rupavatharam, senior Scientist-Digital Agriculture, Global Research Programme for Resilient Farm and Food Systems at ICRISAT, the brochure which is a testament to a decade of dedication and progress serves as a catalyst for conversations within agricultural networks worldwide. 

For more information, visit: https://plantix.net/en/ 

The BBL2-2 maize is set to herald a new era of crop innovation. (Image Source: Adobe Stock)

Leading Chinese agricultural technology company, Origin Agritech Ltd., has announced a milestone achievement with the issuance of a GMO safety certificate for its transgenic maize BBL2-2, heralding a new era for crop innovation

The newly-certified BBL2-2 maize contains two insect-resistant genes, Cry1AB and Cry3Bb, and one herbicide-tolerance gene, Cp4-epsps, making this maize type resistant to various lepidopteran pests such as corn borer, cotton bollworm and armyworm.

Paving the way

The certification of BBL2-2 confirms its adherence to stringent safety standards and paves the way for its commercial launch. The introduction of the maize crop is expected to significantly enhance agricultural productivity and sustainability, providing a powerful tool for farmers to manage pests effectively and significantly reduce the environmental impact of agriculture.

Dr. Gengchen Han, chairman and CEO of Origin Agritech, said, “Receiving this GMO safety certificate is a transformative moment for Origin Agritech and agricultural biotechnology in China. BBL2-2 exemplifies our capabilities in genetic innovation and sets a new standard in sustainable agriculture.

“We are eager to lead the commercialisation of this technology, which promises significant improvements in crop resilience and yield.”

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