Smart Agro Fund

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. 

The Need and the Crisis

In the next 40 years farmers

will have to grow as much food as they have in the last 10,000 years combined . . .”

- The World’s Increasing Need for Food

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.

- Food Waste

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.

- Increase Awareness of Environmental Issues

- Increase Awareness of Food Quality and Sources

The Solution – investment in agritech companies and nurturing them to find potential solutions using:

Precise genetics

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.

Targeted Pesticides and Biological Pest Control

Intervention in ecological systems with the aim of gaining control over pests using ecological means and biological methods.

Advanced growing systems

Transition to growing that presents minimal harm to the environment, such as indoor growing systems, aquaculture, algae farms, etc.

The Demand for Quality Produce

The demand for fresh, low-cost quality produce requires farmers to improve the links in the supply chain.

Robotics and Automation

The development of new agricultural methods and systems, increases and improves the efficiencies of growing and processing, while enhancing the quality of output.

Digital Revolution

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.

Why Invest in Smart Agro – Smart Agritech Investments

  • Indoor farming was the fastest growing agricultural sector in 2019. During the last two years alone, over 30 acquisitions were made in this sector
  • The global agritech market is experiencing a steep growth phase with over 400 start-up companies
  • Israel is the world-leader is agritech innovation, attracting numerous investments from multinational firms
  • Smart Agro has a highly experienced management team with a proven track record in the agritech sector in Israel and around the world. The team knows how to improve target companies and leverage them to enhance returns for investors
  • An investment at the right time and the right place – a unique investment model that provides a vehicle for private and institutional investors to invest in the agritech space
  • Maintain liquidity through the financial markets while diversifying and lowering risk
  • First investment has been closed – CanBreed integrates a groundbreaking technology in the field of genetics with experience and knowledge in the world of agriculture. The company’s unique business model will first be applied to the quickly growing cannabis industry that is hungry for innovation

First Portfolio Company

BetterSeeds (former CanBreed) has developed a breakthrough technology for the genetic enhancement of all agricultural products

BetterSeeds (former 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.

The company’s areas of activity:

  • Production of stable enhanced seed varieties
  • Enhancement of agricultural crop strains: utilizing New Breeding Techniques (NBT) such as CRISPR, for the rapid and precise cultivation of agricultural crops

Stabilization of varieties to make them consistent from plant to plant

Milestones in the company’s activities:

  • First beta product by the end of 2020
  • Market entry during Q3 2021

Arugga

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.

SUPPLANT IS A WORLD-LEADING COMPANY IN THE FIELD OF AGRICULTURAL IOT

SupPlant’s unique technology saves water on a global scale while improving productivity and yields. Powered by artificial intelligence technology, SupPlant’s system is able to analyze data generated from sensors in the ground and on plants, and translate it into smart irrigation actions.

Smart Irrigation Systems:

– SupPlant’s irrigation management platform provides farmers with a convenient and easy-to-use interface to manage a large number of plots.
– Irrigation Recommendations
– A flexible feature that recommends when and how much to irrigate during the next 8 days and enables farmers to adjust these recommendations based on the farms’ limitations or external information.

Alerts System:

SupPlant’s advanced alert system informs farmers about anomalies or extreme events pertaining to their crops. Growth rate and plant stress. Current and forecasted weather. Soil moisture, temperature, and salinity levels. Continuous Monitoring and Forecasts.
– A monthly and seasonal view of crops: The monthly view clearly shows the daily response of the plant and soil to irrigation and weather conditions, while the seasonal view allows farmers to understand the overall dynamics of the crop through different phenological stages.
– Water Balance Allows farmers to get an assessment of irrigation accuracy by comparing accumulated daily irrigation and daily precipitation to ET.

FruitSpec

FruitSpec has developed an innovative technology based on hyper-spectral imaging and deep learning algorithms. Their unique approach allows them to analyze fruit tree images and distinguish between the green leaves from the green fruits, and then generate useful information and tools at the beginning of the season that can help the customer win the market. The company targets to tackle yield loss through a yield management system that optimizes the supply chain, and their solution is designed to provide accurate early-season fruit yield estimation.

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