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$ 3 million for Saturas precision irrigation system

Saturas’ decision support system for precision irrigation is based on its miniature stem-water potential sensor.

Saturas closed a $ 3 million investment for its remote precision irrigation management system. Founded in 2013 in the Trendlines Group’s Agrifood incubator, Saturas has developed an advanced decision support system for precision irrigation based on its miniature stem-water potential (SWP) sensor.

Water stress measured in plant’s tissue

According to the company, in the same way as vital signs in the human body are measured directly body tissues, so water stress is most accurately measured in the plant’s tissues. It is also well-documented scientifically as the best indication of accurate irrigation, says Saturas.

“Precise irrigation not only influences water conservation, but also quantity and quality of fruit. With oursystem, farmers obtain continuous and reliable information remotely from the field without the need to make frequent trips to check the field manually”, states the company.

Automatic precision irrigation system

Saturas developed a Decision Support System (DSS) based on miniature Stem Water Potential (SWP) sensor that is embedded into the trunks of trees, vines, and plants. The sensor is part of an automatic irrigation system. It provides accurate information for optimised irrigation in order to reduce water consumption and increase fruit production and quality.

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Saturas’ Stem Water Potential (SWP) sensing system automatically collects accurate data using a minimal number of sensors per hectare (1 – 2 sensors). It transmits the processed data to the central automated irrigation control system. - Photo: Saturas
Saturas’ Stem Water Potential (SWP) sensing system automatically collects accurate data using a minimal number of sensors per hectare (1 – 2 sensors). It transmits the processed data to the central automated irrigation control system. - Photo: Saturas

The first tranche of $ 3 million for the continued development of Saturas’ precision irrigation management system is closed. Former investors in Saturas, Gefen Capital and Hubei Forbon Technology Co. Ltd., participated in this round, alongside the Trendlines Agrifood Fund which is a new investor.

Expansion

“We are extremely pleased to complete this investment stage despite the very uncertain times in the COVID-19 period. Following our expansion of sales and operations in the US through our California-based subsidiary, and in Europe, South America and China, this investment enables further market and sales expansion, and development of our production capabilities. We are working to complete the full funding round by the end of the year,” Saturas CEO Anat Halgoa remarked.

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