A new technology for areas whose accessibility is compromised by the bad weather that hit Emilia Romagna over the past few days. "The core business of Vivai Magalotti Quarto is the production of green and golden kiwifruit plants and rootstocks which are sold in Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. Plus there is also land dedicated to cereals and seed crops," reported production manager Paolo Re.
"The abundant rain of the past few days made it impossible to reach the crops with traditional means, so we started thinking about alternative solutions: we needed to intervene to safeguard production but, at the same time, we needed to operate safely and avoid pressing the soil too much."
Hence the use of agro-drones to distribute the necessary fertilizers efficiently and without damaging the crops.
"We contacted a specialized company that assisted us and were impressed with the result. In addition to providing precision agriculture, this system helped us save water and reduce human error thanks to land mapping and the identification of any obstacles."
Vivai Magalotti Quarto has always had a positive outlook on technology and sustainability and looks for valid alternative solutions to solve problems: already in 2018, it introduced coir cell packs to produce kiwifruit scions and plants for places dealing with plant decline and solve the fumigation issue in nurseries."
Agriculture is posing increasingly new challenges and we want to find new solutions by reacting swiftly to change and adapting our capabilities, structures and work methods."