Conceptual design of the Centre for Smart Agriculture and ICT Activity, Source: City of Virovitica

Virovitica to build a Centre for Smart Agriculture and ICT Activity

Virovitica to build a Centre for Smart Agriculture and ICT Activity

It will help farmers in the region yield better results and reduce their production costs

Earlier this week, the Croatian City of Virovitica revealed the conceptual design plans for its Centre for Smart Agriculture and ICT Activity. With the establishment of this new centre, the Virovitica-Podravina County will focus on scientific research activities to make its farmers more competitive.

“We are aware of how important food production will be in the future, but also how important it is that modern technologies are available to use and which, in addition to making our daily lives easier, can also make it easier for our farmers to be more competitive in the market,” shared the Virovitica-Podravina County Prefect Igor Andrović.

Taking this further, Andrović pointed out that the ICT industry is one of the fastest-growing in the world and Croatia; with the new centre, the county therefore seeks to make use of this sector and apply advanced technologies to strengthen the competitiveness of agricultural holdings.

How will the centre benefit farmers?

In a press release, the City of Virovitica reports that it will install sensors in fields all over the region. The devices will then collect data and send it to the Centre for Smart Agriculture, where it will be analysed using advanced algorithms to find the optimal conditions for each plant. 

In addition to this, the project will make use of drones, digital maps, robotics, and other advanced technologies. Following the centre’s analysis of the collected data, the farmers in the region will then receive recommendations that will help them yield better results. 

Promoting education

Aside from reducing the production costs of farmers and helping the agricultural sector grow, the new centre will also benefit students and experts in the region. Discussing this, Head of the Economy and Agriculture at Virovitica-Podravina County, Bojan Mijok explained:

“Given that the centre will be located opposite the Polytechnic of Virovitica and near the Technology and Innovation Centre, we believe that it will be a gathering place for academia and that students and experts from the Polytechnic of Virovitica will work together to build their skills.”

To view the design plans for the new centre, see the gallery above.



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