On 18 June 2020, the South Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency organizsed its first study visit for Regions 4Food project in an unusual way. Due to the current Covid-19 epidemic, the meeting was held online, where, in addition to representatives from the seven partner regions, Hungarian and foreign stakeholders from the food industry and the agricultural sector also appeared. The topic of the event was the presentation of the three South Transdanubian Good Practices in the digitisation of the food- and agri-industry.
At the beginning of the meeting, Mr. Zsolt Pálmai, deputy director of STRIA, greeted the participants, then briefly introduced the program of the study visit and the three speakers.
First, Mr. László Farkas, managing director of Farkas Ltd. and his partner Dr. István Borsiczky, managing director of Tomelilla Ltd., gave a presentation on precision field farming. After playing three relevant videos, the depot of Farkas Ltd. in Zimány was presented.
As the second Good Practice, the Bos Frucht Agrarian Cooperative was presented by Mr. Barna Egyed the Chairman of the Board.
Third, the Industry4.0 Technology Center of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) was introduced by Mr. László Kovács, head of the Center. The project was originally set up as part of the Economic Development and Innovation Operational Program in 2017-2019 with the aim of supporting small and medium-sized enterprises through “industry4.0 sample applications” through digitization and automation.
The participants of the study visit were able to get a comprehensive picture of the three Hungarian Good Practices. Several questions were put to the speakers, who were able to provide a satisfactory answer.
The Regions 4Food project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and Hungary.