Meet the 8 agritech and foodtech startups showcasing at the Future Food Asia Award 2017 in Singapore

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The Future Food Asia Award aims to accelerate open innovation in agritech and foodtech across APAC, with the goal to catalyse and align an ecosystem to cope with the challenges of food

 

The Future Food Asia Award 2017, organised VC company Decitre Capital to showcase the best agritech and foodtech startups in the region, has announced the eight finalists. These startups will showcase their innovations at a mega event in Singapore on May 26.

The winner will receive US$100,000 grant.

Here is a sneak-peek at the eight finalists:

Agrint (Israel)

The startup has built a solution aimed against any tree borers and especially the red palm weevil, the most harmful and undetectable pest to palm and coconut trees worldwide. It has developed a low-cost and low-energy sensor, which can be installed on any tree and transmit early detection notifications as pests penetrate it.

Bethesda Scientific (Taiwan)

It has built a solution to protect rice seedlings from pests with minimal impact of the surrounding ecology. Its unique encapsulation technology allows for controlled release of the active agent over a prolonged period of time.

Also Read: Agritech is giving a globally vital industry a facelift, startups take centerstage

Biolight (Korea)

This firm manufactures veterinary medical devices that use visible light to increase immunity of animals, in particular livestock. The solution aims to increase productivity and maximise yield with minimal feed cost, feed additives and antibiotic injections.

DouxMatok (Israel)

The company provides targeted delivery of flavour ingredients, such as sugar and salt, enabling healthier consumption of foods without compromising taste. They offer sugar and salt reduction solutions, enabling use of 20-50 per cent less of these ingredients, while retaining identical taste and sensory profiles with no aftertastes.

Eruvaka (India)

An aquaculture IoT startup, Eruvaka has developed connected devices and mobile-based decision tools for affordable monitoring and automation of aquaculture farms. This significantly reduces cultivation risk and increases feed efficiency, while enabling higher stocking densities, delayed harvest, and increased profitability.

Also Read: Indian agritech startup AgroStar raises US$10M led by Accel Partners

FarmFriend (China)

This is the Uber of agricultural drone services. It has built a scheduling system to match farmers needing spraying services with drone pilots. In the long run, based on geographical and customer data collected, it aspires to offer customised farming services.

Smart AHC (Singapore)

Smart AHC provides e-traceability capabilities for pig farmers. Their technology optimises productivity yield of pigs through predictive analytics, and caters to a rapidly growing market — the market size of pork in China is more than twice that of its mobile phone market.

String Bio (India)

This applies a biological conversion process to convert methane gas to various value added products including single cell protein used for animal feed. String’s technology leverages advances in synthetic biology, fermentation technology, chemistry and process engineering to produce a reliable and cost-effective protein.

The Future Food Asia Award aims to accelerate open innovation in agritech and foodtech across Asia Pacific, with the goal to catalyse and align an ecosystem to cope with the challenges of food.

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