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The objective of the RECOLECTA project is to develop an intelligent and autonomous agricultural management system that determines the optimal harvest date for each crop (pre-prepared convinience food range), so that the competitiveness of primary sector producers in the food chain can be improved, as well as contributing to food security.

The ITC acts as a Public Research Organization (OPI) and, through its Environmental Analysis and Water areas, participates in the project with the aim of contributing to the knowledge of plant protection product residues, monitoring the quality of irrigation water and improving the cleaning process of raw materials in the packaging process.

The RECOLECTA Operational Group (Prediction of optimal moment for harvesting through thermal integral management of crops) is financed by the National Program for Rural Development 2014-2020 (PNDR), with an 80% of EC contribution through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and 20% funding from the State General Administration.

RECOLECTA is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the following being of special interest:

·         FLORETTE Ibérica, S.L.

·         Hortícola Canarias, S.L.

·         FLORETTE Hortícola Navarra, S.L.U.

·         FLORETTE Murcia, S.L.U.

·         Vegetales de Canarias, S.L.

·         BrioAgro Technologies, S.L.

·         Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias, S.A.

January 2020 - July 2021 

At the EIP-AGRI level, the project will contribute to the following objectives:

1) Promote an agricultural sector that uses resources (water, fertilizers and phytosanitary) efficiently, is financially viable, productive and competitive, has a low level of emissions, is climate-friendly and resistant to climate change, and works towards organic production systems and in harmony with the essential natural resources on which agriculture depends.

2) Contribute to a stable and sustainable food supply.

3) Improve processes aimed at protecting the environment, adapting to climate change or its mitigation, by reducing the use of fertilizers and phytosanitary products and by reusing waters from the washing process and the use of desalinated water, together with the low availability of water for irrigation.

4) Shorten the gap between the scientific research offer and the needs of the agricultural and food sectors.

5) Create added value through a closer relationship between research and agricultural training, and promote wider use of available knowledge.

6) Promote a faster practical application and implement innovative solutions


The main activity to be carried out by the ITC in the pilot will be (i) the study of dissipation curves of phytosanitary products as a tool to optimize the treatments applied in crops and for the analysis of the evolution of pesticide residues in soils, as well as (ii) the optimization of desalinated water for irrigation and the reuse of industrial washing water.