Open Call #2, DEPLOY, aimed to increase the outreach of the DEMETER value proposition by funding small consortia of 2-3 partners for the deployment of new, high-value pilots in the agri-food sector. These pilots focus on employing DEMETER methodologies and technologies, addressing clear farmer needs, with particular focus on EU geographic regions not currently represented within DEMETER pilots: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Hungary, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Slovakia and Sweden.
In total, 60 applications were received, and 5 pilots/proposals were selected to join the DEMETER project.
CYPRUSAVES aims to address current and future water shortage and agricultural environment protection through sustainable manage of soil, nutrients, and pesticide use. The project will develop tools to enable the end-users to (i) manage their fields in terms of water, nutrients, pesticides and soil properties; (ii) calculate water requirements of their crops and develop the irrigation plan; (iii) estimate the water footprint of all processes; (iv) combine and assess data gathered from sensors, meteorological stations, and project tools to properly adjust their practices; and (v) exploit tools’ communication features to share data, knowledge, information and practices.
The aim of the pilot is to help the huge potential of flax to be fully used, by helping the farmers in determining the best time window to harvest a specific field of hemp. The pilot project will develop specifically a very easy to use application which will be used by flax farmers to determine the optimal time to harvest on their fields. The tool should combine several external sources to determine this timings. We will focus on the use of this tool on flax fields, because some specific knowledge of the flax farmers will be integrated in the application.
Consortium Members: SAS Dewynter, ODYC, UNI-LIN
GEM4GF (Green Energy Management for Green Farms)
The GEM4GF pilot aims at designing, installing, and operating an energy management/steering system within the energy community of farmers in Lassee, Austria. The energy community will share the energy produced in PVs (photovoltaic) installed in their rooftops. With the energy management tool, farmers will be able to know when the PVs are producing the most energy and will be able to turn on their electric water pumps and cold storages, enabling a higher use of their produced energy while reducing the energy costs. This will be achieved using IoT technology of smart meters, data science and algorithms analysing historic energy consumption data.
PENFA (Pesticide ENvironmental Fate Analysis)
PENFA project aims to demonstrate a highly innovative and interoperable system that will be able to integrate data from the ambient environment of greenhouses with the diagnostic data derived from BELD (BioELecticDiagnostics) device regarding pesticide residues in critical growth stages, to contribute to knowledge creation that will enable and empower the growers to perform optimal pesticide use in the critical fragment of greenhouse horticulture.
The project will also demonstrate the communication of data from an online platform for growers and suppliers of plant protection products, bringing into perspective a holistic approach to the implementation of regulation concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market.
Consortium Members: SK EMBIO Diagnostics LTD , AgroPlus Consultancy, Green Supply Chain (Non-Profit)
HEMS (Herbicide Efficacy Analytic System for Sustainable Weed Control)
HEMS aim to empower farmers by providing them with insights for a more sustainable and responsible use of herbicides. HEMS proposes a low-cost, and easy-to-adopt internet of things (IoT) system that can accompany farmers from the pre-planning of their herbicide applications, through to the final phases of efficacy evaluation. HEMS aggregates various high-quality sensor data (soil moisture content, water volumetric content, temperature, soil humidity, etc.) from different devices and manufactures. Based on data analytics, HEMS will differentiate between herbicide resistance and poor product efficacy related to unfavourable environmental conditions. HEMS pilot is deployed in Luxembourg and the Grand-Est region of France.
Consortium Members: Frontier Connect, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)
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