Precision agriculture or ‘Smart Farming' makes use of GPS services, machine to machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, sensors and big data to optimise crop yields and reduce waste. This report examines the roles of the many suppliers in the value chain, including technology providers and farm equipment suppliers, as well as the programmes and test beds that are influencing government policies. It also offers detailed insights into the future of smart farming for strategic and technology planning relevant for mobile network operators, other connectivity providers, sensor manufacturers and software developers specialising in agricultural solutions. The report also examines supply chains and food traceability so will also be of interest to logistics providers, cold chain suppliers and supermarkets.
Table of Contents
1. Smart Farming as a tool to safeguard the future
- With the global population set to reach 8 billion by 2024, people are looking towards science and technology to answer the problem of a shortage of land, water and energy.
2. Role of governments and public policy makers
- Government agencies are stimulating adoption of new technologies through subsidies and projects. Increasingly we are finding that investments both public and private are attesting to the belief in the smart farming future.
3. Stake holders and the Value Chain
- This chapter scrutinises the complex value chain and the broad range of key players involved throughout all the specialist areas of farming.
4. Defining Precision agriculture
- Based on sensor technologies whose use is well established in other industries, this section looks at the application of Precision Agriculture across diverse applications.
5. The technologies involved in Smart Farming
- A wide variety of information regarding soil and crop behaviour, animal behaviour, machine status and storage tank status is presented for action by the farmer through the use of sensor technologies whose use is well established in other industries.
6. Drivers, Challenges and Opportunities
- Like any other industry in modern times, agriculture is under pressure from change. Climate change, a growing world population, water stress and the rising cost of energy are all factors forcing the industry to become more efficient and productive.
- The use of precision agriculture is bound to grow. It js important to learn the lessons of other sensor based technologies in other industries to enable farming to meet the urgency of the problems the world is facing.