Phil Hogan, the European Commissioner for Agriculture, told EURACTIV.ro in an interview That introducing new technologies in agriculture will bring financial benefits to farmers, but they will also help in the environment protection. New technologies in agriculture We are at Fidagri SRL, in Dragoş-Vodă,
a commune in the Călărași County (south of Romania). You have used European financing for this project. Without the European funds, could you
have made the investment? No. The bank would not have given us the money. Without the guarantee offered by the project approval, we could not get the money from the bank. And we could not repay the loan. Everything is automated, these relays allow the simultaneous start of all electric motors that transport the grains. Here’s the relay command part. Here’s the power command part. On the right, we have the control panel of the dryer. Direction controls are made on this screen. Here is the source at the top; down is the destination. Reporter: Since ’99 you are engaged in agriculture. Since ’99 I’ve been farming. In general, large grain production:
corn, wheat, sunflower, soybeans. From here, we monitor the transport activity; all vehicles are shown – wherever they are. You know exactly how long it is until your truck comes, to be able to organize. This equipment measures the temperature, hectolitre weight and humidity. And this device … we use it especially for sunflower and wheat. It shows the percentage of oil and moisture, in the case of sunflower, and, the gluten in wheat. One cannot operate without knowing the quality. If something is wrong in a truck that left, the client will not accept it, and the truck needs to return. It brings extra costs. The bees and the smartphone Francisc Csosz, founder apicultura.pro: This is an application that was born in 1957, when [an engineer called Eddie] Woods began studying bee noise in the hive. He thought that if something happened in the hive, the noise, that is the sound of the wings, can be measured – or its frequency – and, depending on the frequency,
the swarming can be determined. Then, one can find if there is an existing swarm or the bees will soon form a new colony. Many researchers have worked on this application. I’m not talking about settings, I’m just talking about what it can do. Here is a general control, which can control the state of the hive. We here find out if the hive is healthy, if the bees are collecting honey, or if it is ill. A beginner often loses the swarms because he does not know how to control and how to handle the problem. And here, these gauges indicate, when in the green zone, that my hive is healthy, I have no problem, working properly. If those would go on red, then it indicates there is a problem. From this button, we can find out if we have the bee brood during the autumn, or what we have, approximately
how many brood frames.