Polish companies start space project to increase efficiency of agriculture

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Two Polish companies are working on a technology based on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to remotely estimate soil parameters with the help of hyperspectral satellite images, according to a report by news agency PAP.

Such a system would make it possible to select the best places for crops in a more efficient way and thus reduce the use of fertilizers.

According to the companies developing the technology, its application will shorten the time of waiting for the results of key research for farmers from three weeks down to four days. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), by 2050 agricultural production will have to increase by as much as 70% in order to feed the growing human population on Earth.

As the specialists from the Polish company KP Labs point out in their message, one of the answers to this challenge is precision agriculture, which uses the latest technologies and detailed knowledge about soil quality.

"To emphasize the importance that the discovery of our companies can bring to the future of agriculture, we decided to call our project Genesis - meaning the beginning. It is intended to mark a turning point in the traditional approach to crop planning and become a tool that will revolutionize this branch of the economy in the future," says Zbigniew Kawalec, CEO of QZ Solutions.

Commissioned by the European Space Agency (ESA), the project will conduct a pilot program on soil analysis using hyperspectral data.

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