Kubota has acquired 100% of the stock of Pulverizadores Fede, a Spanish manufacturer of sprayers and smart spraying technology.
Pulverizadores Fede operates mainly in Spain and Portugal. Its sprayers are used for pest and diseases control in the specialty crops market. Kubota says its strength is in proprietary high-end technologies which are already in practical use.
This includes a smart and connected sprayer that controls chemical volume and airflow in real time while using a sensor to measure the heights of trees to be sprayed precisely, and a system that manages information on a map, such as the area to be sprayed and the amounts of chemicals.
According to Kubota, in the specialty crops market, mechanization and precision are not as advanced as in the field of upland farming for grains and other crops. Therefore, expectations are particularly high for use of smart agricultural technologies in pest control operations, where tightened environmental regulations call for reduced chemical usage.
By bringing Pulverizadores Fede on board as a subsidiary, the Kubota Group aims expand its line-up of implements for the specialty crops market and strengthen the compatibility between tractors and implements, thereby contributing to reduction of the environmental impact and fuel consumption through efficient spraying that uses less chemicals and water.
Kubota states in Europe, the specialty crops market is a thriving business field which the company regards as an important market for its tractor business, which sells narrow-width tractors that are suitable for working in specialty crops.