GOFAR : Global Organization For Agricultural Robotics
Since 2016, FIRA has managed to establish itself as the leading event for professionals in the agricultural robotics sector. Launched and organized since then by Naïo Technologies, FIRA evolves today and will be carried out from now on by the association GOFAR – Global Organization for Agricultural Robotics.
An independent organization had to emerge to make the voice of the sector ring out and develop a promotional component that is lacking in the existing structures. This was the preamble to the creation of GOFAR last May by Axema and Naïo Technologies, with the participation of RobAgri to the Executive Board as a member.
FIRA 2019 is hence enriched with a significant structural dimension for its 4th edition expected to take place on 10–11 December of this year in Toulouse.
The GOFAR association undertakes to promote and develop the agricultural robotics sector at international level. Like Robagri, whose objective is to facilitate the technical development of agricultural robots, GOFAR meets the increasing need for visibility and networking of the agricultural robotics sector.
GOFAR therefore aims to organize the meeting between the relevant stakeholders, and to support them by taking an active part in the development of the agricultural robotics market hence implementing a promotional campaign of international scale (organization of events, production of actions of communication and participation of trade fairs in France and abroad).
From 2019 onwards, the GOFAR association will focus its activity on three main work streams:
Organizing annually the International Forum of Agricultural Robotics (FIRA);
Taking part to national and international events intended for professionals from the agricultural equipment sector;
Producing and disseminating contents and expert publications.
An Executive Board of experts in agricultural equipment and robotics
The constitutive General Assembly of the GOFAR association was held on May 22, 2019 in presence of the founding members and adherents of GOFAR: Naïo Technologies, Axema Promotion & Services, and Robagri association.
• President: Naïo Technologies represented by Gaëtan Séverac, Director of Strategic Development
Treasurer: Aymeric Barthes, President of Naïo Technologies
Secretary: Alain Savary, Director General of Axema Promotion & Services
Vice-President Delegate for scientific contents: Robagri association represented by Roland Lenain, Director of Research at IRSTEA