Bosch Projects has acquired Booker Tate Limited, a UK based international agricultural production and processing consultancy.
The acquisition will achieve a greater depth of experience, capability and capacity, thereby positioning us to be the leading service provider to the global sugar industry. The combine entity, which has over 100 years’ experience in the sugar industries of 100 countries, is uniquely positioned to offer services ranging from feasibility studies and technical services to detailed engineering design, construction and commissioning, in both the agricultural and factory sectors.
We now have offices in Africa, South and Central America, United Kingdom, Indonesia and, though our technology partners, in South East Asia, the United States of America and India.
Our combined vision is to provide clients with innovative, cost competitive technical solutions for cane sugar mills and refineries, cogeneration plants, ethanol distilleries, sugar cane production and general agribusiness.
This is a significant milestone in the Bosch journey and adds to the diversity and global reach of the company.
App Technology for crop monitoring
Booker Tate is currently working on a 4-year (2016-2020) project to develop a phone-based App for crop monitoring in sugarcane and wheat.
The Mexican Crop Observation, Management and Production Analysis Services System (COMPASS) project aims to help farmers in Mexico to improve their systems of crop management to increase yields and to improve profitability. This project funded by the UK Space Agency, is being implemented by a consortium with Rezatec Ltd in the lead, in conjunction with the University of Nottingham, the International Wheat and Maize Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) and Grupo Mascaña (COLPOS).
The App uses crop management data entered by the farmer, which runs through a centralized crop model to make yield predictions based on environmental parameters. Satellite data is also calibrated with ground-truthing, in order that remotely-sensed information can potentially be used for predicting crop yields.
In June 2018, the Booker Tate team attended grower meetings in Mexico, to introduce the App to sugarcane farmers and obtain initial feedback on the format and suitability of the COMPASS system. Once the App has been refined, a series of workshops will be held in order to demonstrate the system to the wider sugarcane and wheat industries.
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