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Taking farm technology to the next level

Farmers don’t talk about data. They have problems to solve. This is according to Yasir Khokhar, CEO of Connecterra and one of the keynote speakers at the upcoming Global Future Farming Summit.

The summit is organised by Proagrica, publisher of Dairy Global and Wageningen University and Research Centre and takes place in Wageningen, the Netherlands. An impressive line up of speakers will update agrofood professionals and managers on the way agriculture is changing and how technology is making its way in the food production chain.

Be part of the future, be part of the Global Future Farming Summit!

On 6-7 November, 2018, leading experts in the agrifood industry come together in at the campus of Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands. The programme consists of a high level summit and an experience tour. Some of the keynote speakers at the summit include: Claudia Roessler from Microsoft Cooperation, Deborah Nas, Professor Innovation at the technical University Delft, the Netherlands, Vik Vandecavaye, Manager Advanced Data Analysis and Application Development at CNH Belgium, Ros Harvey, founder and Managing Director, The Yield, Australia and Joris Lohman, co-founder of FoodHub. Register now to secure your seat! There are limited spaces available.

Converting raw data into meaningful information

One of the keynote speakers is Yasir Khokhar. In an earlier interview with Dairy Global, Mr Khokhar explained that his company wants to make life easier for the farmer by taking farm technology to the next level: a system based on continuous learning and intelligence. “Our product combines sensor technology, machine learning and cloud computing to convert raw data into meaningful information to act as a dairy decision-support tool,” he says.

Khokhar gathered experience in technology and artificial intelligence (AI) at his time at Microsoft. Photo: Connecterra
Khokhar gathered experience in technology and artificial intelligence (AI) at his time at Microsoft. Photo: Connecterra

Pioneering with sensors on cows

Mr Khokhar gathered experience in technology and artificial intelligence (AI) at his time at Microsoft. For this company, he ended up in the Netherlands as well in 2013, and while residing at a dairy farm he quickly realised that technology can bring a lot to agriculture as well. “During this time, a friend of mine decided to start a dairy farm and while still working for Microsoft, we pioneered in the weekend and evenings on adding sensors to cows. Just as a hobby pretty much. From that moment on, dairy became part of my life and I decided to work on a prototype sensor,” he explains. Mr Khokhar became enthusiastic and saw the window of opportunities. He developed a prototype sensor and applied for a European grant. In November 2015, he ended up at a start-up event in Dublin and won the start-up of the year award.

Want to know more about what AI in dairy farming means, and how Connecterra is changing the way dairy farmers will manage the farm? Join us at the Summit!

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