A NEW SUSTAINABLE LEGUME SUPPLY CHAIN!
On 1st February 2017, a new project by Andriani SPA, leading company in the Innovation Food sector specialized in the production of gluten-free pasta, was presented for the creation of a legume supply chain to be truly Italian, controlled and sustainable.
The project was launched during a conference held in Gravina in Puglia (Ba) which saw the active involvement of all actors in the supply chain: 20 farmers from Puglia and Basilicata, a supply chain (under certification) of 30 farmers in the Lucania area, Horta SRL, Agroservice SpA, La Quercia company and Andriani SpA.
The idea comes from practical needs in agriculture, i.e. to preserve the soil and the environment, ensure food safety and quality, increase profitability of all operators in the food chain.
Given the increasing consumption of legumes, Andriani SpA has decided to follow the goal of facilitating the crop rotation on the whole Italian territory, alternating the production mainly of corns, and providing all the support tools to decisions like legumi.net®, a system developed by Horta for Adriani SPA.
In this frame Horta acts as an interlocutor able to transfer technological innovation to productive entities that operate in the field of agricultural crops.
By 2020 the partners aim not only to involve farmers for a minimum area of 8,000 hectares, but also a 20% reduction of CO2 emissions, a 20% increase in field yields and a 20% profitability increase for farmers.
The agreement saw the planning of a road-map for the legumi.net® platform, called the "DSS -Decision Support System", which aims to improve the use of resources, being them natural or technical inputs, to activate a production process in line with the principles of integrated organic production and to draw the logic of the decisions underlying each operation carried out during the season.
legumi.net® will include two main components:
- an integrated system for a real-time monitoring of the environment (air, soil, plants, diseases and insects) and data storage;
- an application available on Internet which, by analysing these data with advanced modelling techniques, will provide real-time alerts and information to support the decision- process.
The supports and alarms provided by the system will be reported to a Production Unit (UP), i.e. to one or more parcels, or portions of these, with varietal characteristics, seeding density and soil-climate conditions that enable a uniform management during the season. The UP is defined by the user at the beginning of the season through a simple interface that collects, organizes and integrates site-specific information, both static and dynamic.
Each UP "created" by the user receives real-time data collected in the parcel through sensors or monitoring; these data represent the inputs for predictive models operating in the system.
The static and dynamic information of each parcel acquired through sensors (i.e. weather sensors) or monitoring activities will flow real-time via GPRS on a remote server.
legumi.net® will store this information, checking them; it will analyse them through mathematical models, will interpret them by comparing with expert-defined rules and then will provide decision-support and alerts that the user can use to make informed decisions about the management of the parcel.
With the performance of an action (i.e. fertilization) the status of the parcel will change and, therefore, a new cycle of information will be activated: the information then will then move "from" and "to" the parcel in a continuous cycle that will begin with a monitoring and end with a performance.
- Weather Forecasts
- Epidemiological models of the main danger of the reference crop, with alert thresholds for the risk of epidemic appearance or development
- Phenological and demographic patterns of the main phyto-phagocytes
- Phenological patterns of the crop and product maturation
- Protection degree pattern of the last phytosanitary treatment performed
- Thermal (i.e. frost alert) and water (i.e. water balance) stress patterns
- Access to real-time and historical weather data
- Phytosanitary Product Database (registered for crop)
- Fertilizer Database
- Profile of the compound (summarizing all the information on the label)
- Dose calculation and applicability
- Monitoring Maps
- Yousustein, a sustainability measurement for agricultural products. The calculator is a set of indicators able to quantify the sustainability of crops selected in field and in company.
- Treatment Register
- Crop Operation Register
- Monitoring of the main adversities
Tutte le informazioni saranno visualizzate in un formato grafico sfruttando colori e simboli in grado di comunicare in modo immediato, efficace e univoco lo stato di ciascuna componente di gestione L’accessibilità via internet permette anche un tempestivo aggiornamento delle funzionalità non appena siano disponibili nuovi risultati della ricerca e senza nessun intervento da parte dell’utente.
Dopo un periodo sperimentale di 3 anni le aziende trasferiranno le conoscenze agli agricoltori, tramite dei disciplinari di produzione semplificati.
“La collaborazione tra industria, ricerca e sviluppo universitaria e mondo agricolo rappresenta, per tutto il territorio dell’Alta Murgia, la sfida nei prossimi anni del tessuto economico che guarda ad un futuro più sostenibile ribadendo così il proprio ruolo primario nell’agroalimentare italiano”, ha commentato Michele Andriani, Presidente di Andriani S.p.A.
“L’agricoltura è il pilastro su cui si basa l’industria di trasformazione alimentare ed è nostro dovere supportarla per creare innovazione.
La sfida di “cambiare forma ai legumi” non si è limitata alla pastificazione da farina di legumi ma si evolve allineandosi ai nostri principi di responsabilità sociale d’impresa”, ha commentato Luigi Manfredi, Divisione Molitoria di Andriani S.p.A.