Developing an agricultural production system with ecology as the starting point is possible with smart technology. Connecterra is now part of the Synergia research programme, which will further explore this opportunity.
Synergia aims to improve horticulture, dairy farming and crop farming in The Netherlands, and to overcome the challenges that farmers face around environment, labour and societal acceptance.
Top researchers from 5 Dutch universities are involved in the project, along with several business partners, including Connecterra.
The Synergia project is one of the five large, interdisciplinary research consortia within the Crossover programme, in which the Dutch Research Council (NWO) is investing 39 million euros. Aside from agricultural production systems, which received 7 million euro, the other Crossover programmes will look at: lifestyle of the elderly, neurotechnology, energy storage and accelerating sustainability.