Innovation in the agricultural sector is key to achieve better economic and environmental outcomes.
That’s why the governmental agency, FranceAgriMer, has launched an initiative that aims at supporting projects that outstandingly integrate the following objectives:
• increasing the competitiveness of production
• better control of energy and water consumption
• decrease in use of phytosanitary products
• reducing the physical labor of the work
14 million euros will be dedicated to this initiative.
16 projects have already been pre-selected. Among these, five are managed by groups of farmers who invest together in a common project.
The steering committee has already chosen to attribute 1,6 million euros to two farms that produce tomatoes in Provence Alpes Côtes d’Azur, a region located in the South East of France. The two producers plan to build together a semi-closed glass greenhouse reaching a surface of 8400 square yards. It will be equipped with innovative technology including a cooling system and a robot dedicated to phytosanitary treatments.
Thanks to this new greenhouse, the farmers will have better control of the climatic conditions under which their tomatoes are grown. Therefore, the production timeline will be optimized while improving the yields and reducing the use of phytosanitary products. Moreover, the increased surface will be optimal to set up a highly energy-efficient boiler that partly works with gas. Apart from making their farms more environmental friendly, these producers foresee a 60% increase of their production and the creation of four new full times jobs.