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The “foodChain” project is intended to test the use of mobile communications technology with the 5G standard in agricultural crop production. The aim is to find solutions to existing digitalization obstacles such as a lack of network coverage in rural areas. At the same time, the project aims to actively address current challenges in agriculture (shortage of skilled workers, low-yield soils, lack of rainfall). In addition to TITUS Research, the district of Dahme-Spree as lead partner, the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy and Biohof Schöneiche GbR are involved in foodChain. The project was launched at the beginning of the year and is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMDV) with a total of three million euros.

The project will harness the strengths of 5G for agricultural crop production. By setting up a mobile and self-sufficient campus network, the project area will be able to move along with the planned crop rotation. The project focuses on testing optimization options for potato and cucumber cultivation. For example, the project will deploy and test an automated field robot, an autonomous track-keeping, drawbar-drawn mounding device, and a fleet of drones.
The aim of the project is to provide promising approaches to solutions for sustainable and economical food production and to reduce digitalization barriers and reservations in agriculture.

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Michael Reich, Head of Department, Infrastructures & System Management
Phone +49 (0) 3375 52309 30