Digital Agriculture is the use of new and advanced technologies to enable farmers and other stakeholders in the agriculture value chain to improve food production by integrating into one system. Actionable intelligence and meaningful value addition are developed from the presence and availability of data at digital farming. Both precision farming and smart farming are integrated into digital farming.
Advantages of digital farming
Increasing farm production, saving costs in the long term, and eliminating risks, real-time decision making, expansion of the field of predictive agriculture are advantages of digital agriculture. Apps are developed with specific functions.
The way that digital agriculture works
Installation of network-connected ‘smart’ devices as part of the Internet of Things can be done or those can be software as a service (SaaS) based agtech. Data is transferred by hardware over a network. Then they become ‘smart devices’ and part of the Internet of Things. Digital technology is used to integrate agricultural production from the paddock to the consumer. These technologies provide tools and information to make more informed decisions and improve productivity in the agriculture industry.
Three elements of digital agriculture
The Technology – Sensors, communication networks, Unmanned Aviation Systems (UAS), Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, and recently the Internet of Things (IoT) are included in the technology.
The Potential – Digital agriculture improves the efficiency and the potential to increase the productivity of agriculture. Time and resources are used in an efficient way.
The Barriers – Adoption of new technology, and the high costs are barriers. Adoption of new technology requires collaboration with other stakeholders through the value chain.