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Spreading seeds for the CEA industry: digital seed event

The Digital SEED Project took place on 2021 September 8th in Ghent & 9th in Brussels. The Smart Entrepreneurial Education and training in Digital farming – SEED project develops skills in agriculture by introducing a digital transformation in the profession The overall impact envisaged is not only to design a joint qualification in VET, and foster transparency, comparability, and recognition of qualification but also to set up new sustainable cooperation among partners, in order to create long-term synergies.

Coordinated by EGInA*, the SEED Project is the result of an Erasmus+ Grant Application submitted in 2018. 

This is where Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) can play a key role as the industry already has a long track record of digital transformations and innovative technologies being applied, spanning from automation, data collection systems, to the Internet of Things, & A.I. 

Thomas Zöllner, FTS’ Secretary-General, was invited as a keynote speaker to present the talent and human-resources hurdles to the upscaling of the industry, as well as the unique opportunities it can offer to the wider green and digital transitions in agriculture, in Europe and the world. 

“Training in Agriculture is like the Wild West” — There is a need to establish recognized and transferable skills and credentials needed in the CEA industry, such as hydroponics technicians, across different countries. These VET infrastructures and facilities should also ensure the honing of green and digital skills to the razor’s edge, imperative for the green and digital transitions. 

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