As a small country that relies so much on foreign imports, Singapore has to adapt. With Singapore’s “30 by 30” goal to have 30% of its food supply onshore, agri-food tech startups are in the spotlight for supporting this movement. S$55 million from Enterprise Singapore (ESG) has also been assigned to boost the growth of local agriculture and aquaculture companies. With the support of institutions, Singrow can innovate and incorporate the most suitable technology in their farms.
By centralising the programming platform, Augmentus has automated urban farming in Singrow’s vertical farms.
Image: Demonstration of a robotic arm with Artificial Intelligence to Senior Minister
Strawberries require a cold climate to survive and grow, thus tropical and desert areas are unable to cultivate
them. To solve this issue, Singrow uses state-of-the-art technology to grow premium strawberries in the places
you would least expect.
In tropical regions like Singapore, strawberries are often expensive, sour and have unstable supply. Singrow
solves all of those issues using proprietary agriculture technology and having an entire agricultural system
from breeding to harvesting.
The main challenges to achieve this is that:
Augmentus’s integrated artificial intelligence (AI) model can identify both flowers and strawberries, eliminating the need for separate systems.
Once the flowers are identified by a camera on the robotic arm, the fan gets activated to blow faster for more effective pollination.
By matching the strawberry to its database using a camera or infrared scanner, the robot can be programmed to pick out ripe strawberries with a suitable end-effector.
With a unified system for an integrated approach, Augmentus provides a simple yet dynamic solution for Singrow’s problems.
“Our collaboration with Augmentus has enabled us to efficiently automate the harvesting and pollination processes of our proprietary strawberry growing platform. Development work like AI and robotics usually require high technical competency and time to develop and Augmentus has proven to be a valued partner in the agritech sector!”
Xu Tao, CTO of Singrow
By leveraging automation, this gives Singrow an edge to maximise output, given the limited land space. With a full stack solution, they could easily automate their farm, even with the financial restraints as an SME.
With the growing need for local food sources and support from organisations, this might be an optimistic start for innovative technology in agriculture.
Singapore Food Farming – 30 by 30
More than S$55 million set aside to help agriculture and aquaculture firms innovate
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