Participants from all over the world flocked to the 7th renewed edition of World FIRA, 7 to 9 February near by Toulouse, south of France. Together with more than 2000 participants from 75 countries, professionals from the industry, farmers, education and research came to discover the latest innovations in ag robot technology.
And there was a lot to discover. No less than 30 robots took the stage, 20 of which were demonstrated in-field. About thirty innovative technologies were on display.
Organised jointly by the GOFAR association, FR CUMA Occitanie and the Cité des Sciences Vertes, the robot demos were a great success, and showed the participants’ interest in a renewed World FIRA.
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For two full days, based on 10 thematic time slots, robots and autonomous solutions were constantly on the move demonstrating their skills in the fields, whether in vegetables, vines, field crops or arboriculture. The range of functionalities presented at the World FIRA went from mechanical or laser weeding to plant analysis, row or inter-row tillage, seeding and spraying.
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Some manufacturers chose World FIRA to introduce their new ag robots and autonomous solutions:
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The “FIRA Start-up Award” went to the Israeli start-up Bluewhite, which was rewarded particularly for the level of autonomy of its tractor guidance system, its ability to support multiple crops, and its experienced and market-ready team.
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Special mention was given to British start-up The Small Robot Company for its autonomous precision farming solution, based on plant recognition to limit the use of herbicides and fertilizers.
The next day, Future Farming announced the “Ag Robot of the Year 2023”, awarding the InsightTRAC Rover, an autonomous rover that removes worm-infested walnuts in almond orchards.