Kagome, NEC to establish joint venture in Portugal to provide farming support for processed tomatoes using AI
Kagome Co Ltd and NEC Corp will establish in July DXAS Agricultural Technology, a joint venture in Portugal to provide farming support for processed tomatoes using AI.
The new company will contribute to sustainable agriculture in countries around the world by promoting environmentally friendly and profitable farming through the integration of Kagome’s agronomies and NEC’s technologies.
The production of processed tomatoes is expected to continue expanding in line with population growth and economic growth, particularly in emerging countries. However, for sustainable tomato cultivation, we need to address a variety of issues, such as responding to a decline in producers and reducing environmental impact.
In 2015, Kagome and NEC began technological development and business verification of farming advice using AI with the aim of realizing environmentally friendly and highly profitable farming.
Since then, the companies have begun conducting demonstration tests in Portugal, Spain, Australia, the United States, and are currently expanding business in seven additional countries.
With the Smart Agri Division, an organization newly established within Kagome under the direct control of top management, the two companies used NEC’s AI-enabled agricultural ICT platform, CropScope, to further improve the functions and quality of farming advice, as well as to study the marketing and future potential of farming support businesses.