Automated olive chain

The EU is the largest producer (accounting for almost three quarters) and consumer (accounting for almost two thirds) of olive oil in the world. In 2014, the EU produced 2.482.500 tons of olive oil and 794.000 tons of table olives, while consuming 1.731.000 tons and 530.500 tons respectively. However, increasing competition from other countries and the rapid decline in olive plantations caused by the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa puts the olive sector under pressure. Therefore, this use-case explores how IoT technologies can help face these challenges.

crop yield

increased crop production

cost

reduce crop cost

quality

increased production quality

Specific goals

  • Increase production quality, efficiency and yield; 
  • Optimize processes of oil mill industries and increasing sector profits;
  • Improve product quality segmentation and differentiated marketing to add value;
  • Reduce water and energy use in olive oil production;
  • Reduce nitrogen and pesticide residues in the environment;
  • Increase organic or eco-friendly olive oil production;
  • Increase the proportion of knowledge-based activities (quality, agronomy analytics / advice, precision agriculture equipment monitoring, etc) in rural areas;
  • Increase market share of healthier products such as squalene rich olive oil. 

Expected results

  • Increased crop production;
  • Reduced crop costs;
  • Increased product quality;
  • Lowered residue levels in crop soil;
  • Lowered residue levels in irrigation water;
  • Improved traceability. 

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