AGRI-TECHE NEWS UPDATE
As part of a national objective to increase food security, the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) has identified agri-tech is one of the priorities for investment. This is all towards Sheikh Zayed’s vision of turning the desert green #GrowWithAbuDhabi.
REAP keynote, Professor Webb says we are at a tipping point where “we’ve got the fundamental biological knowledge and we’ve got the means to exploit it – with expensive automation like robots, cheap automation like smart irrigation, with smart data analysis tools and the ultimate: Controlled Environment Agriculture.”
Dr Paul Kersey is the Deputy Director of Science at Kew Royal Botanical Gardens. His particular interest is genomics and bioinformatics, which play an increasing role in Kew’s scientific mission. Paul is taking part in the Sofa Session at REAP 2021, so ahead of the conference we asked him what the theme of time means to him.
“A good farm vet now needs to be able to understand data, statistics and the risks to really advise and help the farmer and this includes the implementation of technology,” says Matthew Dobbs, a former farm vet and now Digital Practice Lead for Stonehaven Consultancy. He is joining the Sofa Session at REAP 2021.
“We’re currently in a golden age of Earth observation. The wealth of publicly available data from the Copernicus programme is a fantastic resource to monitor climate change and land use change, and to provide information at landscape scale,” comments Dr Andrew Tewkesbury of Airbus, a speaker in the Sofa Session of REAP 2021.