The VIRAL project successfully brought the implementation of the activities to an end

In the period 19-21.07.2023. The final workshop was held in Banja Luka as part of the VIRAL project. The host of the meeting was the University of Banja Luka. The meeting was an opportunity to analyze the achieved results of the project, as well as to discuss future joint activities in this sector. The participants of the workshop were greeted at the beginning by the vice-rector for international and inter-university cooperation of the University of Banja Luka, Prof. Dr. Milica Balaban. Branimir Nježić, vice dean for scientific research and international cooperation of the Faculty of Agriculture, addressed the gathering. During the workshop, a draft report of the activities realized during the duration of the project was presented. Sanja Kovačević introduced the participants to the dynamics of preparation and production of the final narrative report, while Prof. Dr. Tamara Stojanović spoke about the financial aspects of reporting, with reference to the results of the audit in the previous period. The aforementioned reports were unanimously adopted by the members of the project management board. A special segment of the workshop was the part dedicated to young researchers who are actively dealing with issues of the use of ICT in agriculture. Stevan Čakić spoke about the possibilities of using modern technologies on domestic animal farms (Presentation 1). Boris Malčić (Presentation 2) spoke about the analysis of microscopic photographs using artificial intelligence, while Jelena Matijaš (Presentation 3) spoke about a similar topic with application in insect detection. From Ivan Jovović’s presentations (Presentation 4), participants could learn more about the use of IoT in fruit production. What is the importance of photo filtering in agriculture, you could learn more from the presentation of Mihajlo Đukić (Presentation 5), and about the possibility of using an automated trap for insects from the presentation of Vuk Pavić (Presentation 6). The participants of the final meeting had the opportunity to get acquainted with the use of ICT in production orchards, as well as at the experimental farm of the Faculty of Agriculture. The workshop ended with discussions on the possibilities of further cooperation in the coming period.