Mriya agroholding has created a research and development (R&D) center for increasing effectiveness of production thanks to innovative solutions, introduction and testing of IT technologies in companies and implementation of new production fields. According to a press release of the agroholding, the R&D center will work in five fields: tests, quality of soil, Agriculturist’s Map, mixing plants and UAV.
“The center is created in response to the unbiased need to continuously improve the efficiency of the company’s own production. We will independently evaluate advanced technologies, new practices and the best world innovative solutions in plant growing, test them in our conditions for the purpose of further implementation in production processes,” Project Manager and Head of the center Oleksandr Khmeliuk.
The company said that at the first stage of agronomic expertise, theoretical assumptions, justifications, and calculations are carried out. If the need for innovations is confirmed, they are tested in production at the next stage. At the final stage, after confirmation of the effectiveness is the implementation.
One of the main innovations for Mriya is its own soil analysis laboratory. “Taking into account that the minimum annual need for a qualitative analysis of soils for the company is 30,000 hectares, an economically viable solution was the acquisition of its own laboratory. This will enable to optimize the cost of mineral fertilizers, which share is up to 30% of the production cost, and manage the quality of soils” the company said.
In addition, in 2017, the agroholding developed and implemented the Agriculturist’s Map project, which provides access to an interactive map of fields even without an Internet connection and almost completely abandons paper reporting. At the same time, as expected, in the near future the analysis of monitoring of each field will be optimized up to 2-3 minutes, and inspection acts on the state of crops will be drawn up automatically based on the embedded correspondence algorithm.
In the current season, it is planned to test the acquired mixing plant, which will improve the quality of working solutions for spraying crops, control the entry of the required amount of preparations onto the field, and introduce the practice of manufacturing so-called “working solutions.” The plant can be either mobile or stationary.