Sustainable intensification of food production
Current agricultural practices are not sustainable. Huge agricultural machinery damages the soils structure because of their weight. This soil compaction results in lower productivity, increased run-off, and erosion. Furthermore, huge machinery running on fossil fuels contribute largely to the global GHG emissions. By developing smaller electrically driven machines, we will contribute to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly agriculture.
The amount of herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers used in agriculture also pose serious threats to the environment. We develop precise systems that use substantially less inputs than conventional systems. Precise application of fertilizers targeted at the plants that actually need it, will reduce costs for the farmer and run-offs into waterways. We are also developing systems that will drastically reduce or even eliminate the use of pesticides and herbicides. This reduces the negative impact of agriculture on the environment and wildlife. Using alternative methods for weed control, we also address the problems related to pesticide resistance.
About 90% of the world’s nutrition and about 70 out of the 100 most important crops for humans are pollinated by bees. We also know that pesticides are one of the main reasons for the dramatic decline in bee population. SAGA Robotics is therefore working at developing systems that can eliminate weed without the use of pesticides.
Our objective is to develop methods that are sustainable in both the short and the long run, and at the same time can produce more food at a lower price than conventional systems. To do this we need to move away from the huge machinery currently used in agriculture towards smaller and smarter machines that can produce food more efficiently and with less environmental impact.