SMARTKAS guest lecture discusses the future of farming

February 2022

Image for press release - Dr Anya Perera from Writtle University College and Mark Kirby, Chief Commercial Officer at SMARTKAS in Writtle University College grounds
(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

On Tuesday 22nd February, Dr Anya Perera welcomed Mark Kirby, Chief Commercial Officer at SMARTKAS, to Writtle University College.

Agriculture and food technology company SMARTKAS draws upon artificial intelligence, robotics and high precision farming technology to create a climate neutral smart farming process.

Mark met Writtle University College's final year BSc (Hons) Horticulture students before delivering a guest lecture on SMARTKAS' recent developments in the UK and around the world. The company's high-yielding vertical growing system in Essex aims to produce pesticide-free organic strawberries 365 days per year.

SMARTKAS is also working in Amsterdam to develop the world's largest fully automated smart farm. When complete, it will offer ten levels of elevation and reach up to 12 metres in height.

Dr Anya Perera said: "SMARTKAS is undertaking innovative work that will have an important impact on the future growing and the supply of produce. Thank you to Mark for today's fascinating lecture, which was greatly appreciated by our students."

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