AgrarIA.: AI fostering agriculture in Spain

The BISITE Research Group of the University of Salamanca is collaborating with 24 other national public-private organizations on the development of the AgrarIA project. A tool that applies Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create all sorts of intelligent solutions for agriculture, ranging from the development of new natural products for the control of pests and diseases, to the use of collaborative robotics to optimize the transformation phase of the products.

The project, created within the framework of the Spain Digital Agenda 2025 and the National AI Strategy, is funded through the Artificial Intelligence R&D Missions Program of the State Secretariat for Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence (SEDIA) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, which corresponds to the funds of the Recovery, Resilience and Transformation Plan.

The scope of the project focuses on two strategic lines for the future development of the sector. On the one hand, it will study how to drastically reduce carbon dioxide in agricultural production through AI-governed systems; on the other hand, it will investigate how this technology and other related technologies could be used more efficiently and with a neutral carbon footprint.

Smart agriculture in Spain

Although the data reveal the strength and potential of the Spanish agri-food sector, it is still at a very low level of digitization compared to other countries. In this context, the AgrarIA project will play a vital role in bringing about change in the national socioeconomic structure and will strengthen the country’s competitiveness through numerous R&D activities along the duration of the project, related not only to AI but to practically all digital enabling technologies.

These types of initiatives are in line with projects such as Expand IntelWines or WiForAgri which we are developing in Salamanca to boost the economy of the town and its area of influence.  As Director of AIR Institue and of the BISITE Group, we are committed to using Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things and Cybersecurity to transform the country’s technology sector and agriculture.

We would like to give a big thank you to the media that have echoed our projects, helping us spread all that we are doing for Castilla y León.

The project AGRARIA: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE APPLIED TO THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION VALUE CHAIN 2050″, with File Number: MIA.2021.M01.0004 relating to the Call for the granting of aid to finance projects of the “R&D Missions in Artificial Intelligence 2021 Program”, within the framework of the Spain Digital Agenda 2025 and the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy, has been financed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, and co-financed with European funds from the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism (RRM).

Juan Manuel Corchado

Full Professor in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Department of Computer Science and Automation, University of Salamanca, Spain.


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