Eleos Robotics Uses Agricultural Grant To Pilot RoboWeeder On Local Farms

27 June 2020Grants & Funding, News & Announcements

Every year our Agricultural Enhancement Grants committee members sit down to decide what types of projects the year’s program will target based on a foundation of advancing the local agricultural industry. This year the committee chose to focus on innovation with a preference for supporting new technologies in agriculture that demonstrate an environmental and sustainability component.
The Agricultural Enhancement Grants committee was pleased to select Eleos Robotics’ project as one of two projects that focuses on innovative technology in the local agricultural industry. Their project centers around their fully autonomous weeding bot, called the RoboWeeder, that controls weeds for the grower without the use of herbicides. It is eco-friendly, fully autonomous and is fulfilling a niche for perennial markets such as grapes, berries and tree-fruit industries. The machine’s key purpose is to control weeds without chemicals and reduces labour while making the use of herbicides obsolete. In addition, it patrols crops day and night and uses artificial intelligence to detect the weeds while not requiring any supervision. The funds from this grant will help Eleos Robotics to take the working prototype of the RoboWeeder technology into the field on local farms to help cut down on labour costs.
Watch the video below to hear more about what Yahoel Van Essen has to say about piloting the RoboWeeder.


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