The Sevillian company ec2ce, specialized in Artificial Intelligence applied to the agricultural and livestock sector, has developed Berria, the first platform to accurately predict the berry production between three and four weeks ahead.
Through mathematical models capable of learning from past data in order to give future harvest forecasts, "berry producers will be able to know, in advance, the kilos per hectare they will produce in the next three or four weeks, allowing them to adapt the resources to the production. This will help them maximize their returns, considerably improving the management of both the workforce and the logistics," said Pedro Carrillo and Ricardo Arjona, founders of ec2ce.
The main Huelva-based berry producing firms have already joined as users of this platform, which, to date, already manages "about one thousand hectares in the province of Huelva, mainly devoted to the cultivation of strawberries." The leap to the international market has also been made, with "one hundred hectares in Morocco and 4,000 in Peru, mostly devoted to the cultivation of blueberries."
The Sevillian company continues working on improving the platform, and for the next campaign, it has already announced that Berria will add a second module that "will help growers not only produce more, but better, making the crop more sustainable by optimizing the fertirrigation." Thus, it will offer solutions to make it possible to plan and adjust the irrigation and application of fertilizers, thereby preventing the waste of nutrients and water.
ec2ce has its own artificial intelligence and Big Data technology, and "we have been working with leading companies in agriculture devoted to the production of berries, olives, industrial tomatoes or citrus fruits." The Sevillian firm has been adapting its technology with specific models for each sector.
The company expects to launch a first version of a new citrus platform in the first quarter of 2020 under the commercial name of Citria.
"The idea is to consolidate the technology in the various markets in which we are already operating with the goal of making the leap to the United States in 2020. We are betting specifically on California, which has a great many value-added crops," they said.