Autonomous sensors and robots: Technology is changing the world of agriculture

“The field of agricultural technology has been growing in the last decade due to the development of technologies and their use to solve problems and improve processes in the field of agriculture and food,” says Edo Josevzon, leader of agri-tech at Start-Up Nation Central, which works to advance the Israeli tech industry.
Yosebzon emphasizes that last year Israeli agtech companies raised a record amount of about $ 206 million, and in 2020 the annual increase in investments was about 100% compared to 2019.

“Against the background of the climate crisis and the need to grow food with a lower environmental signature, the agtech field is expected to continue to grow in the coming years and provide new solutions to the problems faced by farmers today and the difficulties they will face in the future,” he said. Start-Up Nation Central sees agritech as one of the main areas of its activity, and promotes Israeli technologies in front of international companies and organizations. The agrotech department of the organization has a number of companies operating in the field.

Agrinat company from Hod Hasharon, established in 2016 by veterans of the 8200 intelligence unit, has developed a system that reduces the use of preventive spraying by monitoring pests that harm tree trunks and fruit crops in orchards. Using sensors and traps that are based on seismic technology and artificial intelligence engines, Agrinat manages to monitor the pests even in the initial stage and before a human eye is able to spot touches on trees.

Tevel Aerobotics is a world leader in the field of precision agriculture and in the development of autonomous robots that perform automatic fruit picking. In addition, Tevel develops technological systems based on AI and computer vision using special algorithms and extensive experience developed in its development center.

The company was founded four and a half years ago by Yaniv Maor – founder and CEO of the company, who saw the many difficulties of farmers and plantation owners in the lack of working hands and the reluctance of workers to integrate into agricultural work. SupPlant helps farmers around the world understand exactly what their crops are trying to say. The company’s sensors, located in Afula, measure the fruit, stem and soil, and give farmers an accurate, real-time picture of what they have grown in part. Farmers use this information to know how much and when to irrigate.

Sufresca develops edible coatings to extend the shelf life of fresh fruits and vegetables, including those that are very difficult to coat, such as tomatoes and cucumbers, prevents waste and reduces the use of plastic in all areas of food. Unlike the products available on the market today – Superska’s edible coatings are made from natural and biodegradable ingredients. The process of ripening the fruit after picking is slowed down, thus maintaining its freshness over time, both in cooling and in room conditions.

DriftSense, which was founded by Dr. Elad Segal (CEO), Dr. Pavel Kunin (VP of Technology) and Dr. Ran Shauli (VP of Operations and Regulation), develops software tools as a service that is unique and first of its kind . The tool provides scheduling recommendations for the tower, and indicates optimal spray times at which the minimum amount of materials in the air will be lost so that the maximum amount will reach its destination. The recommendations take into account the unique features of each plot and plot, and they help farmers save, while better preserving the agricultural environment, the human environment and the natural environment.

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