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Blog from November, 2016

In early October, ACFR conducted a series of field trials in Lembang which is located on the outskirts of the city of Bandung Indonesia with the Di-Wheel robot. The objective of the trip was to investigate how robotics can be can be deployed and utilised in a farming context in a developing country. As part of our investigation, a community of local farmers were interviewed to gain a better understanding of their requirements and their situation. We also visited a variety of engineering firms to understand the engineering capabilities within Bandung to support future field trials in that region. 

Below are some videos and photos from the trip.

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mountainous farming area of Bandung Indonesia Chilli crops affected by disease - (Note the yellow leaves)  Di-Wheel with farmers

 

 

 

Interview with the local farmersMost of the farms we visited had very little headland. Every space was utilised to grow crops. We had to assemble our robot on the crop rowDi-Wheel about to start scanning a lettuce row via a smart phone app attached to the robotProfessor Salah Sukkarieh showing the farmers the type of data a robot can collect on their crop rows

Di-Wheel amongst the lettuce Visit to the local dairy farmA type of grass that's fed to the cows

Photo with some of the community membersDi-Wheel - lettuce row scanDi-Wheel with farmersmanual scan over some crops using the AG data logging app for referencing