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Galileo-assisted robot to tackle the weed Rumex obtusifolius and increase the profitability and sustainability of dairy farming

Objective

Agriculture provides humans with necessary food and raw materials, but its environmental impact is unacceptably high. Much effort is underway to make agriculture more sustainable, for example through precision agriculture or organic agriculture. In all of agriculture, controlling weeds is a major issue. Weed control with herbicides leads to a large environmental impact. Manual weed control leads to back-breaking labour, high labour costs, and difficulties of finding sufficient labour.
The main objective of GALIRUMI is to deliver robot weeding for herbicide-free weed control in dairy farming. Robotic weeding will reduce the environmental impact of dairy farming by eliminating herbicide use and reducing exposure of farm workers to herbicides. It will also remove an important obstacle for dairy farmers to switch to organic production, thereby contributing to an increase in production of organically produced milk and higher incomes for farmers.
GALIRUMI will develop and demonstrate a number of innovative technologies in weed detection, weed degradation, autonomous vehicles and robot-as-a-service for precision dairy farming based on precise navigation provided by EGNSS. Several areas of expertise are needed for successful development of practical robotic weeding:
• EGNSS
• Computer vision for weed detection
• Construction of farm machinery
• Providing services to farmers
• Weed science
• Dairy research
The robotic weeding control system is the end product that GALIRUMI is aiming to put into practice and commercialise, proposed by dock weeding as a service either by:
• Laser defoliation system using small robot that requires frequent application in the field.
• Medium sized robot system with an electrocution tool that requires single season application in the field.
GALIRUMI will significantly reduce manual labour for weeding, weed management cost, damage to grassland from the application of herbicide, impact of dairy farming on the environment and dairy cow discomfort

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/automotive engineering/autonomous vehicle
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence/computer vision
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/automation and control systems
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science/dairy

Call for proposal

H2020-SPACE-EGNSS-2019
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

ACORDE TECHNOLOGIES SA
Address
Calle El Castro 22N
39011 Santander
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 188 475

Participants (6)

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 245 817,50
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 227 500
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LOON- EN GRONDVERZETBEDRIJF KOONSTRA BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 115 412,50
Address
Koloniedijk 1
7739 PA Vinkenbuurt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PEKKERIET DALFSEN BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 115 412,50
Address
Rietmansweg 5
7722 KK Dalfsen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MACHINEFABRIEK STEKETEE BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 161 875
Address
Lieve Vrouwepoldersedijk 1 A
3243LA Stad Aan 'T Haringvliet
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUT DE L'ELEVAGE
France
EU contribution
€ 170 250
Address
Rue De Bercy 149
75012 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations