The seed has germinated. Forget the image of the farmer, a bit of straw at the corner of his lips. Imagine it instead working with a computer, smartphone, connected sensors or drones… In this constantly innovating sector, AgTech players are pushing AgTech well? Understand companies and start-ups that put the latest technologies and digital innovations at the service of agriculture and agri-food. A booming sector.
Globally, investment funds in this sector have increased from 38 in 2005 to 450 in 2017. An explosion. “And the amounts invested in AgTech went from $ 185 million in 2008 to $ 10 billion in 2017” recalls Paolin Pascot, co-founder of Agriconomie, an e-commerce site for seeds, fertilizers and agricultural equipment, and president of La Ferme Digitale, an association which precisely aims to “promote innovation and digital technology for more efficient, more sustainable and more citizen-friendly agriculture”. For the 2e This year, the Digital Farm organized a day dedicated to AgTech on Tuesday, with some 120 start-ups at the rendezvous, from drones to robots, from collaborative platforms to e-commerce sites.
Drones and sensors
A hundred start-ups… and as many innovative solutions. Some aim, for example, to support the farmer and help him make the best possible decision. Like Airinov with its drone equipped with a multispectral sensor which measures the growth of crops. The leader in leisure drones Parrot, moreover, entered its capital a few years ago. Drone also on the side of Chouette, a start-up born in 2015 from the collaboration of two engineers from Airbus. Here, it is a question of flying over the vines to detect in particular the appearance of diseases. “We have around thirty customers and around a hundred pre-orders,” explains Chouette. Among the customers, the Château Pape Clément for example.