XIX International Oil Palm Conference – 2018

XIX International Oil Palm Conference – 2018

Roelof Kramer, CEO of Agricompas, has presented for first time the EcoProMIS project during the 19th International Oil Palm Conference, one of the most important events of Palm Oil celebrated in the world.

This event is celebrated every three years by the National Federation of Palm Oil (FEDEPALMA) and its associated research centre (CENIPALMA). It gathered more than 1500 attendees this year and it is a meeting point for palm oil growers, researchers, government institutions, NGOs and all other actors of the Palm Oil supply chain. With more than 30 different countries, 100 stands and 67 talks, definitely it was the right place to introduce EcoProMIS project.

Roelof Kramer at 19th International Oil Palm Conference

Presentation of EcoProMIS project by Roelof Kramer, CEO of Agricompas, at the XIX International Conference of Palm Oil in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

EcoProMIS for oil palm and rice is a collaborative three-year project running until April 2021. The results will be a data analytics platform operated by Agricompas that will provide a level of free knowledge to growers to produce better crops and paid decision support to other players in the oil palm industry to improve their processes. EcoProMIS aims at sustainable agriculture by increasing productivity and profitability of crop production while minimising environmental impact, protecting biodiversity and improving the socio-economic conditions of the stakeholders.

Columbia is the first in the list of palm oil producers in America and the fourth around the world. The collaboration between growers and the investment in research and development has made Colombia a key competitor in the delivery of Palm Oil worldwide. EcoProMIS is aligned with the future goals of making Colombian growers even more competitive, but also taking care of the environmental and social impacts.

Introducing EcoProMIS to rice and oil palm growers

Introducing EcoProMIS to rice and oil palm growers

The objective of EcoProMIS for rice and oil palm in Colombia is to improve the sustainability of cropping systems worldwide by increasing productivity and profitability while minimising environmental impact, protecting biodiversity and improving the socio-economic conditions of the value chain stakeholders.

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Informative sessions to introduce EcoProMIS project to growers in Colombia. Evaluation of grower activity and interest through surveys.

During July and August 2018, Solidaridad and Agricompas organised grower meetings in Casanare, Meta, Tolima and Magdalena. In workshops with growers a better understanding of the grower needs was achieved and their interest of becoming part of the project was developed. Surveys and questionnaires were completed in order to collect productivity, environmental and socio-economic data. From December till March 2019 the first data collection trials will be conducted in the four regions and growers will be further involved in EcoProMIS activities.

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Solidaridad introducing EcoProMIS to growers and collecting valuable information about their current needs. 

 

 

Training for IoT systems

Training for IoT systems

As part of the EcoProMIS project, several IoT data collection systems will be placed in the fields. These systems will collect real time data related to weather, greenhouse gas emissions (CH4 and CO2), soil humidity, etc.

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On the left, EcoProMIS partners learning how to fly drones (on the right) to collect crop UAV images.

The combination of data coming from different sources as weather stations, EC flux towers, satellites (Sentinels 1 and 2), drones and IT devices, will facilitate to create an IT platform that will support growers to take informed decisions and provide also knowledge about the current state of their crop.

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EcoProMIS partners installing the first Flux tower to track the gas emissions from the field. 

First visit EcoProMIS partners to Rice and Palm fields

First visit EcoProMIS partners to Rice and Palm fields

EcoProMIS partners from the UK and Colombia met in Bogota to agree the tasks and timeline for the next milestones to be delivered before the end of August 2018 in order to be approved by the UKSA. Partners are: CIAT, Fedearroz, Cenipalma, Solidaridad from Colombia and Elastacloud, Agricompas, Rothamsted and Pixalytics from the UK.

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EcoProMIS partners visit rice and palm fields in Colombia. On carefully selected fields comprehensive crop data will be collected.

From the 11th to 15th June, they worked intensively not only to agree dates and next steps, but also to visit the rice and palm fields in Los Llanos (Meta and Casanare) on 13th June. As part of EcoProMIS project, several IoT data collection systems will be placed in the fields and it is of the paramount importance to locate them in the right place to get the best and reliable data.

This visit was crucial to achieve the first goals of the project: Creation of a prototype of the IT infrastructure, definition of phenotype data sets and installation of the measurement systems.