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Sustainable crops and digitalization: the future of agriculture

19 Oct 2023. 14:10
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In many countries, agriculture can account for up to 40% of their total wealth. However, it is also responsible for more than 20% of greenhouse gases. If you want to learn how digitalization can help create sustainable agriculture, this post is for you!

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What is sustainable agriculture?

Sustainable agriculture is a system of agricultural production that consists of meeting the demand for food and textile products while respecting the sustainability of the environment without compromising future generations.

In other words, it is a different way of producing goods such as food or clothing while conserving the natural resources of our planet.

Its main objective is to offer a solution to traditional methods, which can have negative consequences both for people's health and environmental effects. It also takes on the challenge of satisfying future generations in the same way without having a significant impact on the economy, i.e. without a significant increase in prices.

What role does digitalization play in sustainable agriculture?

As in the rest of the productive sectors, agriculture has not lagged and has opted for digital transformation as a resource with which to make the most of its capabilities and to evolve in its development.

This can be achieved by incorporating new technologies and digital tools that make it possible to automate a series of tasks that take up more time and that, in the long run, can lead to a reduction in production costs.

For example, by adding systems that can detect irregularities, solve problems quickly and efficiently, keep products in an optimal state for consumption, and establish a communication channel that allows producers, intermediaries and customers to create a link from which all can benefit.

 

¿Qué ventajas ofrece la digitalización al sector de la agricultura?

Como ya has podido ver, la digitalización ha llegado para facilitar el proceso productivo de un sector que se encuentra en pleno desarrollo.

Esto ha supuesto una serie de ventajas, de las cuales podemos extraer que la digitalización permite:

  1. Optimizar los recursos conociendo de manera precisa los factores claves para la producción de alimentos como la humedad o la temperatura del ambiente. Esto permite a los profesionales agrícolas gestionar de manera eficiente sus recursos, utilizando las cantidades que sean necesarias para evitar el uso excesivo y reducir su impacto en el medio ambiente.

 

  1. Mejorar la productividad utilizando herramientas digitales que pueden, entre otras tareas, automatizar actividades y procesos con los que obtener mejores resultados y reducir los costes. Por ejemplo, con la incorporación de herramientas como los drones para el sembrado de cultivos de manera más sencilla y rápida.

 

  1. Prevenir problemas monitorizando de manera regular el estado de los cultivos para anticiparse a la aparición de plagas y enfermedades. Esto se puede conseguir incorporando sensores que permitan analizar los datos sobre el mantenimiento de los productos.

 

 

What advantages does digitalization offer to the agricultural sector?

As you have already seen, digitization has arrived to facilitate the production process of a sector that is in full development.

This has brought a number of advantages, from which we can extract that digitization allows:

  1. Otimize resources by precisely knowing the key factors for food production such as humidity or ambient temperature. This allows agricultural professionals to efficiently manage their resources, using the quantities that are necessary to avoid overuse and reduce their impact on the environment.
  2. Improve productivity by using digital tools that can, among other tasks, automate activities and processes to obtain better results and reduce costs. For example, with the incorporation of tools such as drones for planting crops more easily and quickly.
  3. Prevent problems by regularly monitoring the state of crops to anticipate the appearance of pests and diseases. This can be achieved by incorporating sensors to analyze data on product maintenance.
  4. Monitor traceability by tracing the production process from the purchase of materials until it is sold to the customer. This can help ensure product safety and quality, knowing which areas are working efficiently, which need to be strengthened and making data-driven decisions.

In short, agriculture is immersed in a change brought about by the new digital era that will allow it to streamline its production processes without sacrificing the quality of its products and, in addition, to establish new communication channels with which to show what its work is like.

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