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The Xunta will participate in the European AgrifoodTEF project to include artificial intelligence and robotic technology in the agri-food sector

Santiago de Compostela, January 18, 2024

The Galician Agency for Food Quality, dependent on the Department of Rural Affairs, will participate in the European project AgrifoodTEF (Testing and Experimentation of Facilities), which aims to incorporate artificial intelligence and robotic technologies into agri-food and forestry sector.

The Agency is part of an initiative that, in total, will mobilize 60 million euros over the next four years. This budget is distributed among nine member states of the European Union (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, France, Holland, Italy, Poland and Sweden) with a total of 30 participating entities.

The Mabegondo Agrarian Research Center – which belongs to the Agency – will be integrated into the core of the Galician part of a project aimed at the field of dairy production, with special attention to proper feeding and the mitigation of greenhouse gases. In this sense, the Agency has 888,100 euros to develop the initiative. 50% of this amount comes from the European Union; while the remaining half is co-financed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

This initiative, in which the technology company Gradiant also participates and the Galician digital innovation center DIH Datalife collaborates, seeks to accelerate digital transformation and improve the competitiveness of small and medium-sized companies that make up the sector of agri-food.

The AgrifoodTEF project

The initiative started in 2023, after the European Commission called to support a pan-European network of controlled artificial intelligence testing spaces for the agri-food sector and since this year it has Galician participation through Spanish node. It should be noted that TEF-type projects are framed in the 2021-2022 Work Program of the Digital Europe Program (DIP). In Spain – the part of Galicia – the autonomous communities of Andalusia and Catalonia also participated.

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