In a particularly sensitive environment, this 77th edition of the show aims to get even closer to its visitors’ concerns. It will showcase tried and tested solutions while offering a look into the future of the farming profession in the next ten years from the perspectives of manufacturers, start-ups and their innovations.
Innovation first #2: Being a farmer in 10 years
The next edition of SIMA will more than ever before be aligned with the topics that matter to the sector, thanks to the theme “Being a farmer in 10 years” which will be developed into four areas:
- ecological economics
This theme will also come to life at the show in the form of several highlights such as the “Futureoriented Space”, a laboratory for new ideas in farming; the projects of students from French and international engineering schools, international meetings to discuss the challenges of farming specialities, the portraits of innovative farmers and the Start-up Village… not to mention the Innovation Gallery which will display the 2017 vintage of the SIMA Innovation Awards.
Robotics and agriculture: coming soon to a farm near you
The robotic revolution has hit the agri-business world, giving rise to private and public sector initiatives which suggest the shape of things to come in agricultural machinery. Among the projects completed or ongoing, we can note the following:
Private sector initiatives
· THE WEEDING ROBOT OZ by Naïo Technologies, which is now out on sale, reduces both the effort associated with weeding and input use. A high-clearance robot for winegrowers is scheduled to launch in 2017.
· MARS AGRICULTURAL ROBOTS by Fendt will display the particularity of working in swarms with extremely high accuracy.
· PUMAGRI is a consortium of industrial, technical and academic partners working together to design a mobile, autonomous farming robot that is reliable in terms of safety and visual perception. Market launch scheduled for 2018.
· AdAP2E is a research project do develop robotised working tools for use by the environment and agriculture, as illustrated by this interactive and reconfigurable robotic demonstrator, capable of performing accurate movements in natural environments, and interacting with its surroundings.
· THE AGROTECHNOPOLE FOR INNOVATION IN AGRICULTURE will from 2017 be an ambitious European centre focussing on mobility, robotics, safety, inputs and digital technology. Based in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region of France, this first-of-a-kind structure will provide a solid structural base to fulfil the French ambition of leading Europe in the agriculture of tomorrow.
· THE AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES ACADEMIC ASSOCIATION: a 2-year course in agricultural machinery will be open from academic year 2016-17 to 4th year students at the Institut Polytechnique LaSalle Beauvais (Oise department). This course will provide engineering students with specific expertise in issues relating to mechanical engineering and data processing.