On 22 June 2021, the East Netherlands Development Agency (Oost NL) together with with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Japan, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and Wageningen University & Research (WUR), organized an online event “Robotics & AI for data-driven horticulture and agriculture” as part of the digital TeamNL Tokyo Expo ‘Rangaku Now’. Approximately 600 participants from Japan and the Netherlands signed up for this event.
The virtual company tour was a follow-up to the digitalization mission in February 2021 by showing applied and future technologies in the greenhouse and open field production. A wide range of companies showed their solutions at the virtual company tour and discussed future developments in a lively discussion at the Papendal studio .
Key-enabling technologies of robotics and expected developments were discussed in the first part of the program. ISO Group showed an example of (standard) Japanese robots (Denso) performing horticultural operations. Speakers from OnePlanet and Demcon discussed the (technology) developments that now make robotization possible.
In the last part, experts from Pixelfarming Robotics, Aurea Imaging, Steketee, Wageningen University & Research and Kubota discussed the SMART developments in open-field agriculture. Compared to indoor production, there are more challenges if the climate, soil and diseases are taken into account. SMART tractors and SMART implementation of technologies are future steps.
Considering the significant interest in this topic from Dutch and Japanese industry, Oost NL will organize a SMART agriculture trade mission to Japan including matchmaking for a select group of companies. In addition, RVO will organize an innovation mission to Japan in order to explore and stimulate R&D collaboration and accelerate innovations in the field of AI and Robotics in greenhouses and open field agriculture.
Both missions will be coordinated and organized together with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Japan.
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