Lévis, Québec (May 24, 2018) – Hortau has received another accolade for its technical and economic achievement, this time from the City of Lévis, in Québec, Canada, which presented the company with the Grand Prix d’excellence at the Lévis Chamber of Commerce’s annual Pléiades Awards on May 24.
“When it comes to agriculture, tradition still plays a major role,” said Hortau CFO Bruno Laliberté, who accepted the trophy on behalf of the company. “But at Hortau, we help our customers build on that tradition by using the latest technologies in cloud computing, the Internet of things, and artificial intelligence to help growers be more productive and reduce the use of water, energy and other inputs.”
Over the past 16 years, Hortau has received numerous awards for its precision irrigation management platform, including the 2017 North American Smart Irrigation New Product Innovation Award, presented by Frost & Sullivan. Hortau was also a finalist for the 2017 CognitionX Best AI Product in Agriculture award, and named to the THRIVE AgTech Top 50 Growth Companies and the Global Cleantech 100 Ones to Watch lists.
“More than 7.5 billion people depend on agriculture for their health and survival. Every sector of the economy depends on it too,” said Jocelyn Boudreau, Hortau co-founder and CEO. “The global population will reach 10 billion in 2050, and, according to the UN, if we do not manage to produce more food with less water and less farmland, it will take two planets to feed everyone – and that’s not going to happen.”
Hortau recently launched a new application that gives growers a unified interface (between mobile and web views) and streamlines real-time irrigation management data from the field. The app allows growers to quickly identify critical information right from their dashboard, see a map overview of their operation and where action is needed, as well as monitor soil tension, weather and other data from the field in a simplified fashion.
Hortau is anticipating excellent growth in the agtech sector and expects its staff to at least double within the next five years. The company plans to continue international expansion in coming years by forging strategic partnerships with major players in the agricultural industry. To learn more about Hortau services, visit hortau.com.
Hortau, a global leader in precision irrigation management services for agriculture, was founded in 2002 by two agriculturally minded entrepreneurs, Dr. Jean Caron, agronomist, Ph.D in Soil Physics, and Jocelyn Boudreau, agricultural engineer, M.Sc. in Soil Physics.
Hortau’s patented, irrigation management solutions help growers detect crop stress, ensuring optimal growth while reducing water use, energy consumption and nutrient loss.
Hortau has offices, representatives and technicians throughout the U.S. and Canada.