Research need from Focus Group: Digital Agriculture
information and communication technologies (ICT)
Plant production and horticulture
This is the problem:
This need for research has been identified in FG 31 on “Reducing food loss on the farm”. If you want to know more about it, check the final report of the Focus Group.
ICT applied to agricultural production systems and full agri-food chain monitoring and control offers a new frontier in systems operation and control. Agriculture 4.0, the new ‘Digital Agriculture’ era, is dawning and holds out the prospect of enhanced control over on-farm operations and mainstream food chain, from farm to table. This is an area that requires rapid increase in research and innovation, with a high level of engagement with the industry. Given that the technology offers optimisation of resource use efficiency and a concomitant level of monitoring of actual on-farm operations (for compliance purposes), this is a very valuable tool that significantly contributes to meeting the needs of the industry and regulators. It also provides a high level of assurance to the consumer that their food is produced to the highest standards and this is verified through the records provided by the technology.