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  1. 1. Business Agency Association BSB908 SMART FARMING The Smart Farming Revolution - challenges & opportunities for BSB countries 12.11.2021 Silvia Stumpf
  2. 2. COMMON BORDERS COMMON SOLUTIONS Digitalisation in the agro-industry On the whole, digitalisation has been a high priority for the EU. Well reflected from the main Commission’s policy stances, such as the headline ambition “A Europe fit for the digital age”. As far as the agricultural sector is concerned, digitalisation plays an indispensable role in achieving the objectives of the EU Green Deal and the Farm to Fork Strategy (F2F). 92,328 (2018) (2017)
  3. 3. The objectives put forward in these two pivotal strategic documents: - sustainability ambitions, - the necessity to reinforce food security and - strengthen Europe’s competitiveness on the global stage Two particular challenges ahead: -sustainability and biodiversity protection - core of the EU action. -considerable efforts into reducing emissions in the agricultural sector by promoting organic products and by reducing the use of fertilisers and pesticides are already put in place. The overall challenge is to maintain the coherence between different policy objectives, such as, for example, coupling sustainability and farmers’ profitable business models. COMMON BORDERS COMMON SOLUTIONS Farm to Fork
  4. 4. COMMON BORDERS COMMON SOLUTIONS The digital transformation of agriculture will facilitate cooperation across the value chain, support farmers, and offer opportunities for innovative SMEs. An example of a Digital Twin used to assess livestock.
  5. 5. COMMON BORDERS COMMON SOLUTIONS Technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), Edge Computing, 5G, blockchain and supercomputing, all have the potential to make agriculture more efficient, sustainable, and competitive. Nevertheless, as in other sectors and society as a whole, the digital transformation of agriculture poses the risk of a digital divide. For example, between connected and disconnected farms and economically small and large farms. The risk of a digital divide
  6. 6. COMMON BORDERS COMMON SOLUTIONS
  7. 7. COMMON BORDERS COMMON SOLUTIONS IoT sensors collect environmental and machine data, which can be exploited by farmers to make better decisions, as well as help them to improve every aspect of their work, such as crop farming and livestock monitoring. When combining IoT real-time data with accurate geo-spatial data, then one can speak of truly enabling precision farming. Which applications is IoT used in?
  8. 8. COMMON BORDERS COMMON SOLUTIONS
  9. 9. COMMON BORDERS COMMON SOLUTIONS Increased economic and environmental performance, allowing farmers to thrive. Environmental sustainability, helping agriculture to become greener. Competitiveness of the EU digital supply industry. Improved working conditions of the farmers. An increase in transparency along the supply chain. The digital transformation of agriculture will enable: Benefits and challenges ahead BENEFITS CHALLENGES Farmers can face various uncertainties linked to weather, price and income volatility. Many agricultural workers only work part-time or are self- employed, and the ecosystem relies on temporary contracts for seasonal workers. The industry faces challenges linked to an ageing workforce and attracting staff with high-level skills. This is where the use of digital technologies can help. But there are limiting factors:
  10. 10. COMMON BORDERS COMMON SOLUTIONS Connectivity issues Lack of basic infrastructure in many parts of the area is a major obstacle to digital farming Benefits awareness System interoperability Farmers’ skills Benefit-cost ratio Reluctance to share data Limiting factors HOWEVER, THERE ARE A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES THAT CAN OVERTHROW THOSE CHALLENGES
  11. 11. FARM MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS & APP PROVIDERS B2B ECOSYSTEMS PROVIDERS NATIONAL/REGIONAL DATA HUBS OPPORTUNITIES Provided by machinery suppliers, input providers (seeds, fertilisers...) COMMON BORDERS COMMON SOLUTIONS HIGH-VALUE DATA SETS FROM PUBLIC SECTOR Collaboration between several vendors enabling data sharing. Data space resulting from Public - Private Partnerships supporting eco-systems Examples: Geo-spatial data, soil and environmental data
  12. 12. COMMON BORDERS COMMON SOLUTIONS On the one hand, the goals of the EU F2F Strategy, coherently with the EU Green Deal and the Biodiversity Strategy, are to reduce the use of chemical pesticides and fertilisers in agriculture; on the other hand, this process might imply reduce food production and, therefore, a more precarious food security setting. Same process is deployed in BSB area. This process could also signify a loss of income for farmers in the short and medium term which has already been decreasing over the past years. Main challenges for BSB area The future of the agricultural sector will be reliant upon the choices of the EU and other countries to operate this delicate transformation. Investments will be crucial for the development of smart farming. The importance of investing in new technologies and the necessity of stimulating innovation among farmers is stronger than ever. It could be a risk in the future if policies in the area fail to incentivise investments and innovation, therefore our project aims at mobilising stakeholders to shape up Roadmaps for smart farming.
  13. 13. COMMON BORDERS COMMON SOLUTIONS www.vba.bg business.agency.bg business.agency.association www.bsb-smartfarming.com BSB908SmartFarming bsb_smartfarming

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