Smart Agro Fund is an R&D partnership traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Smart Agro specializes in agritech investments and the growth of agritech companies. Smart Agro seeks to invest in the research and business development of companies which have the power to significantly impact our future and help transition them to independent professionally managed companies who at their core, have a unique technology with tremendous commercial promise and economic value.
Smart Agro’s highly experienced management team has an extensive business network that supports the development of ideas and start-ups from early stage through mature companies to exit.
“In the next 40 years farmers
will have to grow as much food as they have in the last 10,000 years combined . . .”
The rapidly growing world population which is estimated to reach 10 billion by the year 2050, along with continued urbanization and the dramatic rise in the standard of living in developing countries, all lead to an increased consumption of agricultural output throughout the world.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), annual global food waste includes 30% of morning cereals, 40-50% of root crops and fruit & vegetables, 20% of oil seeds, meat and dairy products and 35% of grain. Food waste has an enormous ecological impact – the production of discarded crops uses precious water, land, energy and additional resources all of which go to waste.
Precise genetics enhancement that employs new technological tools. The impact on yields, resistance to disease and climatic conditions, plants and animals through enhancement of genetics traits.
Intervention in ecological systems with the aim of gaining control over pests using ecological means and biological methods.
Transition to growing that presents minimal harm to the environment, such as indoor growing systems, aquaculture, algae farms, etc.
The demand for fresh, low-cost quality produce requires farmers to improve the links in the supply chain.
The development of new agricultural methods and systems, increases and improves the efficiencies of growing and processing, while enhancing the quality of output.
Advances in agritech have included the development of novel sensors and big-data systems that allow for more precise agriculture, increased yields and lower inputs.
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CanBreed is a biotechnology company that specializes in seed genetics. The company was founded in early 2018 and is managed by experts in the field.
The company specializes in providing solutions for all market sectors that address gaps in the field, using advanced genetic technologies. CanBreed is specifically focused on agricultural strains with the goal that genetic enhancements will provide a long-term solution in a continually changing world and will also lead to commercial profits for growers.
Stabilization of varieties to make them consistent from plant to plant
Arugga is developing an autonomous robot for treating and monitoring individual plants in greenhouses.
The company is launching its first module – robotic pollinator – to address the large market segment of greenhouse-grown tomatoes.
Arugga mechanical pollination module aims to replace the work of dwindling labor forces in countries where pollination is done manually. And it will also replace the work of bumblebees, the most widely used pollination solution, thus solving sensitivity to environmental conditions and pesticides, and preventing the spread of viruses.
Arugga robotic platforms will eventually encompass additional solutions: pest & disease detection (and treatment), yield prediction and additional labor-intensive activities.
At a time when fruit and vegetable growers around the world face enormous challenges in finding and retaining workers, Arugga robotic solutions will contribute to easing these challenges and making producers more competitive.
Arugga is proud to bring to the market a solution which will eventually reduce the use of chemicals and the spread of diseases in fruit and vegetable farming, and thus contribute to a healthier and safer planet.
We have teamed up with leading growers from Australia, Belgium, and Canada. We will be launching our first commercial robotic pollination solution in the second half of 2021.
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