[ Diretor: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano XII

terça-feira, 2 de maio de 2017

Precision farming may drive down food prices, Commission claims

Commission sources warned that if the precision farming opportunity is not exploited by Europe then someone else will.
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Precision farming is based on the optimised management of inputs in a field according to actual crop needs. It involves data-based technologies, including satellite positioning systems like GPS, remote sensing, and the internet, to manage crops and reduce the use of fertilisers, pesticides and water.

Based on the need to “produce more with less”, precision farming is emerging as an innovation-driven solution and the introduction of the new technologies helps farmers to manage their farms in a sustainable way, taking into account the “slightest detail” of everyday farming.

Speaking at EURACTIV last week, Tasos Haniotis, a senior official at the European Commission’s agriculture directorate, noted that now the EU has the comparative advantage in precision farming technologies, it should grab the chance and take agriculture a step forward.

No quick and easy fix to food price issue, EU official admits

There will be no easy solution to high food prices in Europe unless the supply chain is made transparent and farmers get organised to take a bigger slice of the market, a European Commission official has warned.

Referring to the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), he warned, “If we miss this opportunity, the next time that we will have this discussion, somebody else will have picked up the agenda”.

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