EIT Food AgTech Academy – Modern technologies in aquaculture
The food production sector has come under increased pressure in the recent period. On the one hand, it is expected to feed the growing population of the planet. On the other hand, it is struggling with increasing competition and the scarcity of land, water and energy for production. Current producer practices are influenced by changes in government policy, but also by changes in consumer demand and distribution. It is difficult for manufacturers to compete in an increasingly globalized market. However, the experience of other industries gives hope that innovative solutions and technologies introduced into the practice of farms can translate into real profits. The use of modern technologies, including genetics, biotechnology or robotics, changes the position of companies in the modern food supply chain, giving them the position of leaders of sustainable change.
The partners of the AgTech Academy project, members of the EIT Food Food Knowledge and Innovation Community, developed a strategy to support food producers and processors in implementing such technologies in their enterprises, and thus prepare them for operation in a modern food production system.
The functioning of the Academy is based on online educational materials, interactive and in-house workshops, discussions, mentoring support and events on new trends, with a particular emphasis on “learning by doing” and “changing behavior” of food producers.
During the “EIT Food AgTech Academy” workshops organized by the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the issues of modern aquaculture were discussed during the POLFISH fair. Experts presented new trends and existing technological solutions in fish farms in Poland, including innovative water recirculation systems and production methods based on aquaponics. Practical aspects of using the technology of long-term semen storage in hatchery practice for better egg quality and higher economic benefits were discussed. In addition, participants learned techniques for creating interspecies hybrids in aquaculture that are more resistant to disease and more tolerant to high temperatures. There was also a training on the use of ultrasound examination in sex detection and determination of the abrasion condition of spawners.
Report from the event: https://youtu.be/3S6rkAIm3pQ
All presentations from the workshops are available on the Institute’s website: https://pan.olsztyn.pl/2022/09/eit-food-agtech-academy-nowoczesne-technologie-w-akwakulturze/
The “EIT Food AgTech Academy” project is an international initiative of experts in agriculture, fisheries, scientists and innovators from the Bavarian Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry, Queen’s University in Belfast, John Deere companies, MASPEX and the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, funded by EIT Food, the Knowledge and Innovation Community in the field of food The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, under the EU’s Horizon 2020 framework program for research and innovation. More about EIT Food at www.eitfood.eu.
All presentations from the workshops are available on the Institute’s website:
Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences
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