Sustainable agriculture is digital
March 30, 2021 | Images: Agroscope / fenaco / Adobe Stock / Huawai
Digitization in agriculture is one of the topics of focus within the Sunrise and Huawei Joint Innovation Center. On the basis of 5G, modern technologies are ensuring that farming is becoming more «smart» and therefore more sustainable and efficient. An array of pilot projects are demonstrating the benefits farmers can expect when data, drones, GPS and similar technologies interact with cattle and plants.
Diversity is the lifeblood of Swiss agriculture. From the Rhine Valley to Upper Valais, approximately 50,000 agribusinesses are keeping livestock, producing food and maintaining our cultivated land across mountains and valleys. Agriculture is associated with a down-to-earth attitude and being close to nature. But just like our everyday lives and working lives as a whole, Swiss agriculture has become inexorably digitized.
«Do not worry about the harvest, but about the right cultivation of your fields.»
- Confucius (551–479 BC)
This process has been driven, on the one hand, by concerns about natural resources, increasing demands regarding food safety, animal welfare and productivity, and the desire to improve working conditions for farmers. On the other hand, a large number of smart technologies are now available whose synergy is, step-by-step, making the vision of «Smart Farming» a reality.
The «Internet of Things» in support of agriculture
The Internet of Things generally revolves around digital interconnectivity and the Internet’s applications within the real world. The knowledge we’ve gained from our fitness trackers and navigation systems in our cars is used in Smart Farming and applied to tractors and combine harvesters, farms and stables, and plants and animals. The connected «things» exchange data, which in turn are interlinked and evaluated. Conclusions can be drawn from the data that enable smarter economic management.