Top Swiss Startups That Are Revolutionizing Agriculture
Today, the agricultural industry is well on its way of turning into a high-tech industry in Switzerland.
Through government support, research and development centers, and the best technological universities, this has contributed to a growing number of the agricultural technology (agritech) startups in areas such as drones and robotics, data collection and predictive analysis, disease prevention, and alternative farming methods.
Here’s a list of startups that are providing innovation to the Swiss agricultural sector.
Established in Bern in 2010, QualySense has developed innovative high-end robots that sort grains, seeds, and beans by biochemical and geometrical properties at 3,000 kernels per minute, and with an accuracy greater than 95%. By identifying and classifying each object based on their quality, this technology allows users to improve the overall quality and safety of the food and develop premium and super premium products.
Founded in 2011 in Yverdon-les-Bains, EcoRobotix is a startup developing the next generation of autonomous robots that remove weeds from row crops, meadows, and intercropping cultures. These robots, which are controlled by smartphones, autonomously navigate fields, detects weeds, and destroys them. This will help farmers lower costs, produce better quality food without the need for insecticides or pesticides, and reduce the environmental impact.
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Founded 2015 in Lausanne, Gamaya is a spin-off of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). This startup provides a unique crop monitoring system based on hyperspectral imaging technology and combining it with artificial intelligence for analysis. The end result is that it provides farmers with data about the state of their fields and crops. Gamaya will also help farmers cut costs, produce a higher yield, and solve potential problems such as the emergence of weeds, pests, disease, and nutritional deficiencies.
Launched in 2016 in Yverdon-les-Bains, Precision Vine offers wine growers and winemakers drone-based technology for optimizing vineyard potential. These drones map vineyards to provide a visual spatial variation visual, as well as collect and analyze data about vineyard heterogeneity, irrigation systems, harvests, diseases, and nutritional needs. Such information can help growers and winemakers optimize the quality and yield of their vineyards.
Founded in 2018 near Lugano, xFarm is a digital map-based farm management platform that allows farmers to track their day-to-day activities. This platform is composed of a cloud-based field management software, IoT field sensors, that gather meteorological and environmental data, and premium services. Such services include financial management, crop and fertilization plans, disease patterns and alerts, irrigation advice, and agro-meteorological forecasts.