Thursday, February 2

Agriculture will create a digital innovation center for agri-food companies

Archive image of some workers at the Cicytex agri-food center. / TODAY

The Ministry also indicates that this action, which will materialize in a 24-month contract, will have an investment of 5.72 million euros

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has launched the tender for the creation of a Digital Innovation Hub (iHub) for companies belonging to the agri-food sector, a project included in the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan (PRTR) with European financing NextGeneration EU.

Specifically, this action, which will materialize in a 24-month contract, will have an investment of 5.72 million euros, coming from both the PRTR (3.77 million euros) and funds from the General Administration of the State (1.94 million euros).

The iHub, which will be designed with Fiware architecture as a guarantee of interoperability, will be constituted as an experimental and collaborative environment between the different entities related to innovation: companies, users, public administrations, research centers and universities, which will allow a fair exchange data into their business and operational models.

At the same time, this environment, they assure from the Ministry, will facilitate the meeting between the representatives of the traditional agri-food field with the technological operators, to facilitate the innovation process and that the technological solutions adapt to the needs of the sector.

The iHub’s physical headquarters will be located at the National Center for Agricultural Training (Cenca), which has been renovated to adapt to this purpose, and at the National Center for Irrigation Technology (Center), both facilities belonging to the Ministry of Agriculture and which They are located in San Fernando de Henares (Madrid).

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Agriculture has specified that in a first preparatory phase of the iHub an analysis of the strategy to be followed, an approach to the activities to be developed and the adaptation of the physical spaces and the audiovisual and computer equipment will be elaborated. The brand creation process and its implementation in all communication media will also be carried out.

Subsequently, the activities of the iHub are expected to be launched, which will include the development of pilot projects, agrolabs and open innovation challenges, the launch of training activities and the revitalization of the iHub, which includes the management of a market place and the firmware community.

A virtual platform will also be launched where an exchange and treatment of information is generated. In addition, the creation of a technical office for the direction of the iHub and the integral management of the exchange of knowledge on innovation is contemplated, in addition to giving support and dissemination to the projects and ideas that arise in this space.

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