Osiris robotic irrigation system could help make farming more sustainable
Categorie(s) : Education, Industry, News
Published : 7 June 2021
Once upon a time there were three engineers, and all three came from farming families. One day, they decided to invent a smart, autonomous robot to help farmers spend less time irrigating, fertilizing, and protecting their crops. They also wanted the robot to make more economical use of water and agricultural inputs. The name of this (true!) story is Osiris Agriculture, a startup cofounded by Grenoble INP – Phelma, UGA 2020 graduate Léon Guyard.
A prototype of Osiris will be tested this summer in France’s Oise district on a potato crop. The time and water saved will be calculated by comparing Osiris’ crop with a neighboring crop watered using conventional methods. If the prototype works, the company will raise funds to scale the technology up for manufacturing. Osiris Agriculture would like to see five systems in service by 2022 and 40 by 2023.