Efita Newsletter 960, dated November 23, 2020

Efita Newsletter 960, dated November 23, 2020
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Good old days (?????): Harvest Time by Dawson Dawson-Watson (1864 – 1939)


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Good old days (?????): Landscape With Haystacks by Dawson Dawson-Watson (1864 – 1939)


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Efita 2021 Conference

25 -26 May 2021 - Digital Agriculture Web Conference
The European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment (EFITA) would like to invite you at the first EFITA International online Conference in 2021. As a way to keep the momentum and engagement of our society, while maintaining the plans for the 2022 physical EFITA conference, this conference and its format are planned as a response to the unpredictable situation created by the COVID-19.
This event is an opportunity to bring together engineers, scientists, technicians, aca-demics and industry people in a new way to exchange knowledge, ideas, to present innovations and to discuss the state-of-the-art and future use of ICT in the agri-food sector and bio-resources production sectors.
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Good old days (?????): The Return of the Gleaner by Winslow Homer (1836-1910)

French Scientist Didier Raoult Given Rusty Razor Award For Pseudoscience, by Michael Marshall

The French microbiologist Didier Raoult has today been named the 2020 recipient of the “Rusty Razor” award, the prize given by The Skeptic to the year’s worst promoters of pseudoscience.

The scientist made headlines around the world earlier this year for his study promoting the use of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19. The study, which claimed that hydroxychloroquine reduced the viral load in patients with COVID-19 and that this effect was enhanced with azithromycin co-treatment, was presented to the media via press conference in March 2020, before being published in the journal International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents.

Subsequent analysis of Raoult’s data found that his sample size was incredibly small, with only 6 patients given the hydroxychloroquine/azithromycin combination. The study was also found to be improperly controlled, and data was excluded for a number of patients whose condition worsened as they were either transferred to intensive care or died. Subsequent studies have shown no clinical benefit for the use of hydroxychloroquine in patients with COVID-19.
See skeptic.org.uk

Good old days (?????): Kornernte von Wilhelm Hempfing, 1934 (1886-1948)


Top 15 AgriTech Startups in India 2020

According to the government reports almost 70% of the nation’s 1.2 billion population comes from rural areas in India. With agriculture remain a mainstay for India’s rural population it is safe to say that more than 50 per cent of the Indian population is into agriculture for their livelihood. With more than half a billion people working in the agriculture sector still, Indian agriculture sector is suffering from a variety of problems including the use of outdated equipment, improper infrastructure, and farmers unable to access a wider range of markets with ease while making just limited profits on crop sales. Proper infrastructure and supply chain management are the more pressing concerns.

But a wave of agritech startups in India in last few years addressing these concerns like supply chain management and enhancing the sector’s marketing infrastructure has been developed in India which tackles this issue and has the potential to change the face of Indian agriculture sector and eventually raise farmers’ incomes.

In this blog post, we will meet 15 such Indian Agritech Startups who are responsible for bringing innovation in the agriculture sector in no particular order.

#1 Boheco
Boheco – Bombay Hemp Company was incorporated in 2013. It is an Agro-based company reimagining the future of Indian agriculture and sustainable living with hemp as their lens. This agritech company harness the power of agriculture by advocating Industrial Hemp and its benefits to society. They assist local farmers in cultivating the crop by providing optimum seeds, best practices in cultivation techniques, and innovating Agro-products.

#2 Crofarm
Founded in 2016, Crofarm is changing the way businesses procure their produce. Their aim is to make a supply chain that supports farmers and provides businesses with the freshest produce in the most efficient manner. According to the website, it has over 10,000 farmers in its network and has partnered with Reliance Retail, Grofers, Big Basket, Jubilant Foodworks, Big Bazar and Metro Foods.

#3 Agricx Lab
Agricx provides quick, accurate, portable, and easy to use image based quality assessment tool that takes the subjectivity out of quality assessment and makes every transaction smoother and loss-less. Agricx currently offers a solution to warehouses and enterprise clients with a plan to expand across the food production supply chain.

This agritech startup from Thane, Maharashtra helps specialist across country procure their requirements in the most efficient way through the use of technology.

#4 Gold Farm
Gold Farm is an Agri-Tech start-up, based out of Bangalore, India. The company offers a mobile app based tractor booking platform for farmers in India. They also provide solar water pumps for farmers working in power deficit regions in India. Gold Farm has offices in Bangalore, Kolar, Hubli, Coimbatore and Trichy. We have 100+ employees spread across these locations. The company’s mission is to facilitate the doubling of farm income for a million farmers in India by 2022

#5 Agrowave
AgroWave is basically a Supply chain startup in India act as a mobile e-vendor of fruits & vegetables that serves small & medium businesses directly from farmers. AgroWave is owned by “Dagrowave Agscience Pvt Ltd and help Indian farmers in following:

#6 Fasal
FASAL, is an agri-tech platform, developed by Wolkus Technology Solutions. It is an AI-powered IoT platform for Agriculture ecosystem that records a variety of growing conditions on the farm. It then uses artificial intelligence and data science to make on-farm predictions, before delivering the insights anywhere on any device including (iOS, Android, Tablet and web)

#7 Aibono
Aibono pioneers the use of Real-time Intelligence and Agri 4.0 to solve this intractable problem with next-generation agri-data science and artificial intelligence. Aibono’s Real-time Precision Agriculture Solutions stabilises and increases yields by 2x by monitoring over 50 farm variables, and the Predictive Supply Engine controls the Planting-Material and Just-in-time harvests to precisely match supply and demand, thereby doubling price realisation and income for the farmer.

#8 CropIn
CropIn Technology is a leading Agri-tech organization that provides SaaS based solutions to agribusinesses globally. CropIn enables its clients to analyze and interpret data to derive real-time actionable insights on standing crop, thus enabling businesses to utilize technology to effectively drive their initiatives around Digitization, Compliance, Sustainability and Traceability.

Headquartered in Bangalore, Karnataka CropIn has digitized over 3.1 million acres of farmland, enriched the lives of nearly 1.6 million farmers, gathered data on 265 crops and 3,500 crop varieties. The SaaS-based solutions offered by CropIn are crop and location agnostic.

#9 EM3 Agri Services
EM3 Agri services is an agritech startup in India established in 2014 by the father son-duo of Rohtash Mal and Adwitiya Mal. EM3 Agri provides pay-per-use farm services for every step of the cultivation process, including land development, land preparation, seeding, sowing, planting, crop care, harvesting and post-harvest field management. Farmers can access their services through a mobile app, and can also seek assistance from the company’s local fulfilment centre or “Samadhan Kendra.”

#10 Intello Labs
Intello Labs is India’s most awarded AgriTech startup, that has developed computer vision based solutions that use images as key data for deriving insights and actionable recommendations. The company is working on the quality grading of commodities, pest/disease detection in crops, yield estimation, etc. all through image-based analysis and AI.

#12 Ninjacart
Ninjacart is India’s Largest agri marketing platform, solving one of the toughest supply chain problems through technology. They connect vegetables and fruits farmers directly with businesses. The startup has been funded by Accel Partners, Nandan Nilekani, Mistletoe (Japan) & Qualcomm Ventures.

#13 FarmLink
FarmLink is a data science and technology company with a passion for helping farmers. Their focus is to drive increased adoption of high-quality data and precision agriculture tools to improve productivity, profitability and sustainability of farm operations around the world.

#14 Gobasco
Gobasco employs real-time data analytics on data-streams coming from multiple sources across the country aided with AI-optimized automated pipelines to dramatically increase the efficiency of the current agri supply-chain. Their Our data-driven online agri-marketplace affords the best prices for both the producers and buyers at their fingertips.

#15 Tessol
Founded in 2013, TESSOL (Thermal Energy Service Solutions Pvt Ltd) is a unique innovation-driven venture focused on solving the temperature-controlled food and pharma distribution problem in India. Over the last 5 years, with a proven technology edge and execution capability, TESSOL has positioned itself as a pioneer in the cold chain space and is currently a leading supplier of last mile solutions to the e-commerce segment.

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Discover Doriane

Discover more information on Doriane, the French IT experts specialized in the organization of plant research directly from its CEO Fred Royer. Pioneer in bioinformatics, he started the development of a software for studying plants in their environments in 1984.

The latest version of the software is RnDExperience, recognized worldwide for its reliability and flexibility. Doriane also offers a whole range of services to support research departments in managing change. From listening to needs to personalized configuration, the team offers to centralize and facilitate data analysis efficiently and quickly.
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Tips for management of digital transformation project in vegetal R&D
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Good old days (?????): Récolte de Anna Ancher, 1905 (DK)


A full season of solutions

Topcon brings efficiency and productivity to virtually every phase of the farming operation.
See topconpositioning.com

‘Maybe use a co-bot until the robot is truly autonomous’

There are many ag-robots for sale. Does this mean you shouldn’t buy a new tractor anymore? Bram Veldhuizen, Researcher precision agriculture at Wageningen University & Research, doesn't think so.
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Field robots: ETAROB tool carrier to outperform all systems out there

Just recently spun-off from the University of Applied Sciences Aachen, German start-up AI.Land was created to commercialise the ETAROB field robot.
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Good old days (?????): La Barateuse de Jean François Millet (Woman Churning). 1855 Barbizon School


Planting & Spraying: Bosch and BASF launch smart planting and spraying solutions

Bosch and BASF have established a joint venture for digital technologies in the agricultural sector.
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Machine Vision is Key for Agriculture 4.0
Did you know that machine vision is part of many automation and robotics applications used in agriculture? The software products of MVTec enable innovative technologies and best-in-practice solutions.
Read more about farming machinery, greenhouse automation, precision farming, livestock farming, and more

Soil science: Self-watering soil to reduce water usage in agriculture

Soil developed by the University of Texas can pull water from the air and distribute it to plants.
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Good old days (?????): Les lavandières de Jules Breton


Smart irrigation: Lindsay smart pivot is crop and machine health guardian

Lindsay's smart pivot detects crop health issues, while machine monitoring identifies wear.
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Drones: DJI launches AGRAS T20 smart spraying drone

The DJI AGRAS T20 spraying drone features autonomous flight planning and terrain-sensing radar.
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Digital magazine: Latest issue of Future Farming online: focus on field robots

The latest edition of Future Farming focuses on field robots.
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Chinese drone maker XAG nets $182m funding from Baidu, SoftBank, AFN, by Jack Ellis

Today, XAG offers a range of UAVs designed for crop protection, fertilizer spraying, remote sensing, and seeding that can be controlled from a smartphone. The startup has also branched out into other ‘unmanned’ farm tech such as ground-based ag robots, surveillance cameras, and weather sensors.

XAG says its products and ancillary services are available in 42 countries worldwide, and claims they operate across more than 100 million acres of farmland. Its customer base includes almost 5 million smallholder farmers. The startup has partnered with the likes of German agro-chemicals major Bayer, Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, and European aircraft manufacturer Airbus.
See agfundernews.com

Good old days (?????): Le rappel des glaneuses (1859) de Jules Breton


KisanHub raises $1.5m to bring farm-to-factory visibility to supply chains, AFN, by Jack Ellis

Agrifood supply chain management platform KisanHub has raised £1.12 million ($1.49 million) in a round led by Low Carbon Innovation Fund II (LCIF2) with co-investment matching coming from the UK government’s Future Fund.

Existing investors including Sistema VC, IQ Capital, and Notion Capital also participated in the round.

KisanHub co-founder and CEO Sachin Shende told AFN the funds will be used to expand its business in the UK and continental Europe, with an initial focus on fresh produce markets.

“Covid-19 did slow down the discussions,” Shende said of the fundraising process. “However, the Future Fund initiative has been put in place by the UK government to tackle this kind of uncertainty in the funding market, and this helped us to close the round quickly.”

The Cambridge, UK-based startup may be particularly deserving of this kind of assistance. Its solution targets what it calls “logistical bottlenecks” in the agrifood supply chain – many of which have been laid bare by Covid-19, with both domestic and cross-border food supplies facing massive disruption as a result of lockdown orders and border closures. The UN Food & Agriculture Organization has highlighted improved supply chain efficiency as a key objective in preparation for future pandemics.
See agfundernews.com


Agrivoltaics Becoming Multi-Billion Dollar Industry, Reveals IDTechEx

One day solar “power stations” as we know them will be banned. On land and lake, no more blinding of large areas with black solar panels, throttling life. Substituting vast industrial desolation for a natural paradise or prime agriculture ruins tourism and the planet. It will become illegal or at least bad business because the new vertical photovoltaics boosts farming, obscures little and acts as a useful wind shield. Translucent or spaced photovoltaics on lakes and estuaries also lets things live again. Huge rooftop greenhouses in cities involve translucent solar glass providing power while boosting growth. Call the new synergy “agrivoltaics”. New IDTechEx reports have the detail – “Smart Cities Market 2021-2041: Energy, Food, Water, Materials, Transportation Forecasts”, “Materials Opportunities in Emerging Photovoltaics 2020-2040” and “Vertical Farming 2020-2030”.

Scientists from KU Leuven, Flanders installed optimally semi-transparent solar panels above an orchard. “We want to know how we can harvest pears and electricity at the same time,” says Professor Bram Van de Poel of the Biosystems Department. "Agrivoltaics are indispensable in the search for more sustainable energy. We are developing a calculation tool to predict the optimal yield under solar panels. Agrivoltaics must find the right balance between a profitable pear harvest and extra electricity. Energy must be sustainable and agricultural land must be cherished. Temperature is now higher at night, lower during day - good news for pears, which have been severely affected by global warming in recent years.”

Half of the surface of Belgium consists of agricultural land. Can it double as solar? Europe is allocating budgets for agrivoltaics. HyPErFarm is a 5.1 million euro project started in November. Marleen Gysen, energy expert at Innovation Support, nods: “Agricultural land is too scarce and too fertile to be used solely for solar panels. That is why the sector is very curious about the benefits of agrivoltaics. They can increase farmers' income security and protect crops against frost or sunburn.”
See HyPErFarm project

What is the Future of Glyphosate? By Eric Sfiligoj

First off, virtually no one thinks glyphosate will “disappear from agriculture” because of the settlement agreement being reach by Bayer. In fact, only 1% of respondents to the 2020 CropLife 100 survey agreed with the statement “glyphosate use will decline rapidly, driven by consumer sentiment and farmer preference.”
See croplife.com

Good old days (?????): The Gleaners II by Leon Augustin Lhermitte (France, 1844-1925)


> Il y a 75 ans le 20 novembre 1945, commençait le procès des chefs criminels nazis à Nuremberg

> 75 years ago begun the Nurnberg process of Nazi criminals

> 75 Jahren der Prozess gegen die Hauptkriegsverbrecher des Nationalsozialismus

> Hace 75 años se abrió el juicio de los criminales nazis en Nuremberg

Recht statt Rache

Vor dem Internationalen Militärtribunal begann vor 75 Jahren der Prozess gegen die Hauptkriegsverbrecher des Nationalsozialismus. Es war ein juristischer Urknall, der das Völkerrecht bis heute prägt.
Sehen spiegel.de

It was always lost on Brexiteers – but the EU is fundamentally about peace, by Rafael Behr

The 75th anniversary of the Nuremberg trials puts the fantasy of resistance to tyrannical Brussels into proper perspective.

No member state is hurrying to follow Britain’s example, but European idealists worry about the gap between political reality and the ethical foundations of the project. Liberal democracy is being hollowed out by ultra-nationalists in Hungary and Poland. Far-right parties across the continent have seeded the mainstream with their interpretation of Europe as a white Christian entity under siege by encroaching Islam. They cultivate nostalgia for a lost era of ethnic homogeneity, and demand integration from the religious minority, glossing over the story of how Europe made itself more Christian by murdering Jews. Assimilation was no sanctuary.

Liberal politicians in EU capitals are better at expressing alarm about that tendency than finding strategies to reverse it. British Eurosceptics revel in continental disunity because it supports their view that the whole enterprise is unsustainable. Since there is no economic benefit from Brexit, its dodgy prophets crave vindication in a great unravelling that they can then claim to have foreseen.

Absent from British politics is any account of what happens if the prophecy was wrong. What if memory triumphs over forgetting, and the European project is resilient? There is a Brexit story that casts the EU as a basket case – a burning building from which Britain escaped just in time – and there is a Brexit story that casts Brussels as the tyrant that hoards sovereignty. The leavers have no concept of European success – no map for Britain to advance alongside an EU that sticks to the path that it took out of the abyss 75 years ago. What if a plan for stability and prosperity through peaceful cooperation works? That is a future Brexiteers cannot imagine, because it is the past they chose to forget.
See theguardian.com

Good old days (?????): The Spinning Wheel by John Wainwright


The Perfect Son

A: I have the perfect son.

B: Does he smoke?

A: No, he doesn't.

B: Does he drink whiskey?

A: No, he doesn't.

B: Does he ever come home late?

A: No, he doesn't.

B: I guess you really do have the perfect son. How old is he?

A: He will be six months old next Wednesday.

Labourage nivernais, dit aussi Le sombrage, 1849, par Rosa Bonheur (1822–1899)


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