Universities, NGOs and private companies working on good agriculture and good animal husbandry practices; which will provide data for digitalization studies to be carried out by Kırklareli University, can take part in the project as partners. The service users, you work with for the partnership can also be included in the project. If you are interested in such a partnership, please let us know until 17th of May 2021.
Project Objective: Traceability is to overlook the movements of food elements and their addressees at all stages of the processing, production and distribution processes, starting from the exit points until the last moments of their adventures. Hence, all elements should be systematically labeled / named so that they are followed up to the end of their adventure with absolute accuracy. Data on the centralized food supply chain will be recorded using traditional database systems. In the decentralized structure, the same data will be kept on a blockchain network that will be created with the participation of supply chain actors.
a) Mixed planting-livestock systems: The aim is to convert an existing farm or establish a new farm for small cattle breeding and a compact blueberry plantation by using local farmers. Additional plantation opportunities are also welcome. The project team has suitable team member companies and consultants for both areas with succesfull earlier separate projects. The idea is to combine these activities under one roof.
b) Monitoring and / or abatement of greenhouse gases from agriculture or agroforestry: The project team has a great experience from former EU H2020 REMORUBAN project to monitor and reduce greenhouse gases. By using automated systems and excellent ICT platforms we are aiming to reduce waste water, work force, energy consumption and increase productivity and monitoring food at all stages.
c) Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) dimension: The team has also sufficient knowledge and long experience on ICT and is aiming to deploy passive and active RF-ID technology, IoT devices based on BLE, WiFi and LoRa in order to have breeding and planting data collected via sensors at the farmers locations as well as to be able to track food supply chain. Other planned tools are using AI and AML tools for enhancing the productivity and reducing workforce requirement.
We are looking for?
-Team members from Balkan and Mediterranean countries where we may have similar small cattle breeding culture as well as who are interested for bluebbery plantation.
- Experienced partners for abatement of greenhouse gases from agriculture or agroforestry.
-Universities, non-governmental organizations, manufacturer and industrial partners that produce milk, cheese and related by-products, develop milk-based new products and deal with these issues academically.
- As regards agriculture and livestock partners with any data processed.
The University of Kırklareli is a governmental higher education institution, founded in 2007. KLU offers full university degree programs in a range of academic disciplines. There are 11 Faculties, 3 Institutes, 3 Colleges, 7 Vocational Colleges in Kırklareli University. University has 166 Agreements for National and International Exchange Programs; ERASMUS + Bınary Cooperatıon Agreements with 87 Universities, Bilateral Agreements for Farabi Exchange Program with 79 Universities and Bilateral Agreements for Mevlana Exchange Program with 9 Universities.
Kırklareli University has been determined as Higher Education Institution to specialize in the "FOOD" focus area within the scope of the "Regional Development Focused Mission Differentiation and Specialization Program" coordinated by the Council of Higher Education on 23.01.2020 and carried out in coordination with the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey, Directorate of Strategy and Budget.
Kırklareli University, which was determined as a specialized university in the field of food focus by YÖK in 2019, focused on scientific studies and projects to be carried out in this direction. Under the coordination of Kırklareli University, Burdur Mehmet Akif Ersoy University, which specializes in the field of Livestock, and Tekirdağ Namık Kemal University, which is deep-rooted and strong Faculty of Agriculture, in partnership with the establishment of a Food Supply Safety and Digitalization Joint Application Research Center application was accepted by YÖK on 26.01.2021.Food Specialization Center was established on 27.07.2020 in order to carry out the studies to be carried out in the field of food focus. In order to determine the vision of the center, the "Kırklareli University Regional Development Focused R&D Strategy and Roadmap" Project has been accepted. The "R&D Strategy and Road Map" document was prepared within the scope of the contract signed between TÜBİTAK Turkish Industry Management and Administration Institute (TÜSSİDE) and Kırklareli University on 02.11.2020. This document is intended to guide the work to be done in the food focus area.
Kırklareli University faculty members have 176 articles on the basis of food focus and digitalization. Also; There are 67 project studies on food focus areas supported by national funds. Our university applied to the Ministry of Industry and Technology on 07.04.2021 with the project named "Milk and Dairy Products R&D and Applied Training Pilot Plant”.