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New agricultural robots and sector challenges addressed at FIRA 2019

As the need for task automation increases exponentially in the agricultural world, FIRA must support this change in progress.

The 4th edition of FIRA, the International Forum of Agricultural Robotics, was marked by a growing participation not only from manufacturers in the sector but also from farmers, seed companies, agro-food corporations and journalists.

By drawing together more than 850 participants from 42 different countries, and generating over 1,300 views on YouTube, FIRA has made Toulouse the world capital of agricultural robotics. 

Agricultural robotics: A global challenge
This was the first time that the five continents were represented at FIRA: 42 nationalities, including a Nigerian delegation, as well as participants from Australia, the United States, Israel, India and Nepal. Agricultural robotics therefore caters a global market with characteristics related to the soils, climates and crops that are specific to certain regions of the world, as reported at the round table “Agricultural robotics storms global market.”

Manufacturers present new agricultural robots
Fira is currently the only event in the world where so many agricultural robots are presented in one same place.

  • Tibot Technologies: The Spoutnic and Spoutnic NAV robots limit the drudgery of work for the poultry farmers while improving the profitability of their farm and stimulating animal welfare.
  • Faromatics: ChickenBoy, the world-wide first ceiling suspended robot that monitors animal welfare and helps increase farm productivity.
  • Rhoban System: E-tract is an autonomous electric tractor that can operate with the electric tactor Tract'elec, thus providing a smooth transition from today’s conventional tractor to the autonomous robot of tomorrow.
  • Naio Technologies: Presentation of its complete solution for precise weed control using its Dino robot. By developing this crop-mapping solution and combining it with an electric in-row tool, Naïo Technologies is ushering in a new era for automated mechanical weeding.
  • Vitibot: After the working platform, VitiBot expands its range of electric and connected tools. Currently being tested with the Champagne Committee, the contained sprayer and recycling system is eagerly awaited.
  • Sitia: Trektor is the first versatile and hybrid agricultural robot in France. Its design allows, with the same product, to address different markets of viticulture, market-gardening, open-field vegetable crop and arboriculture.
  • Dussau Distribution: Sentinel, the first bedding robot endowed with Artificial Intelligence. Its functions make it the eyes and arms of the farmer who remains the only decision-maker and mastermind.

FIRA 2020 will be held again in Toulouse, on 8 and 9 December 2020.

For more information: 
Gwendoline Legrand
Tel: +33 (0)6 88 87 17 11

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