Agriculture of high-tech – a digital transformation role model

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October 7, 2020

Vietnam is aiming to develop high-tech towards intelligent and precision agriculture, the highly proportion of digital agriculture in the economy. Along with the orientation in all fields of agriculture, health, transportation, etc, high-tech agricultural digital transformation brings a huge benefit. Lina Network brings you new insight into the benefits of digital transformation of high-tech agriculture in the article below.

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Trend in integrating technology to high-tech agriculture

High-tech agriculture – essential digital transformation role model 

The agriculture of high-tech in the present days is applying automatic equipment and machines to the production process. High-tech agriculture is widely and becomes a trend of the industrial revolution 4.0. The process of digital transformation of high-tech agriculture revolves around the following three focused issues:

Big data platform

Firstly, the agricultural digital transformation process focus on building big data about cultivation such as land, plant, livestock and fisheries. Even more, this pushes the qualification of the environment for farmers to improve crop productivity and support sharing the agricultural equipment via digital platforms.

Automating process

Secondly, integrating  high-tech agriculture models into automating product processing, businesses, monitoring the origin, supply chain of products, ensuring fast, transparent, accurate, food safety and hygiene.

Agricultural policy management

Finally, performing digital transformation dramatically in management such as finance – accounting, recruitment, human resource, sales development and distribution branches. Furthermore, policy orientation, timely management of agricultural development such as market forecasting, market warnings, and harvest management.

The value of high-tech agricultural digital transformation in production and cultivation

These below examples prove that high-tech agricultural digital transformation can be integrated to evaluate the effect and boost fastly in production and cultivation.  

Agribots

Agribots is the pioneering agricultural digital transformation market of the future. Agribot is to help farmers measure, draw maps and optimize the irrigation process management network. The robot team is an alternative to high volume tractors and loosen as well as maximize the soil.

The Naïo Technologies team has developed an agribot called Dino to improve working conditions and increase profits for farmers. To assist farmers with regulations, pesticide problems, and a lack of workers, the team has provided a robot-made solution. This useful robot grass allows farmers to grow vegetables, and manage wild grass development with a high degree of accuracy. Dino is highly effective in clearing wild grasses in the fields and rowed vegetables such as lettuce, carrots, and onions.

The weeding Dino robot allows to manage the level of weeds growing in the field

The new technology supports the farmers to predict and onslaught of pests and diseases, crop failures and climate change. Through agricultural weather forecast notifications, the farmer can respond to farm problems promptly and accurately.

Precision agriculture

Precision agriculture is the primely example of applying the Internet of Things in agriculture.

Farmers easily use the Instruction System for planting and fertilizing. This saves the farmer seed, fertilizer and tractor fuel costs, and can reduce the farmer’s farm hours. At the same time, the application of Transforming Ranking Technology (VRT) and drones (UAVs) can also reduce the amount of water used and pesticides, reduce labor and resource costs.

Enterprise Resource Planning

ERP software is short for Enterprise Resource Planning, which means helping businesses in the accounting, sales, human resources, financial management and others. This software allows creating a system of automated workflows throughout the company with the most complexity. Moreover, it also streamlines every process, from purchasing to production and distribution. Even it allows a farm (or agribusiness) to respond to environmental challenges, tailoring business process systems.

Artificial intelligence technology

In the past few years, businesses have focused on developing Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to operate more efficiently. Companies use AI to help farmers track farms and monitor every stage of the production cycle.

Artificial intelligence is slowly changing agriculture. The farmers depend on satellite data or UAV records to determine the status.

For example, Alibaba’s ET Agricultural Brain is an integrated program of Artificial Intelligence. This program uses face, temperature and speech recognition to evaluate the health of each pig. The technology can identify sows preparing for pregnancy, during the reproductive period and postpartum, by tracking the position of movement and eating habits. At the same time, it is easy to detect sick pigs through voice recognition. This kind of agribusiness has now been adopted by some of the top pig farms in China.

ET Agricultural Brain – Program integrating AI technology to ensure the health of each pig in China

This awesome brain helps farmers promptly collect the data of soil environment, water, and humidity around the pig farm. In addition, pig farms have reduced labor costs by 30-50%, as well as shortened the development cycle of pigs from infancy to meat within 5 to 8 days, based on company estimates.

China could save up to $7.5 billion if ET Agro Intelligence is widely adopted by all pig farms in the country.

Blockchain technology

Technologies like Blockchain are also beneficial in the food supply chain. Traceability of blockchain detects poorly quality food and update the fastest so that it can reverse traceability and uncover the reasons. At the same time, consumers can also know information about the origin of food through QR Code and barcode.

These technologies require significant investment costs as well as the farm size that is large enough to be tightly integrated with other agro-chain operations and technologies. This is a big challenge for farmers or small-scale farmers to apply advanced technologies like Blockchain.

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The impact of digital transformation on agriculture in the future

Digitally transforming agriculture will create productive agricultural management systems that enable climate change prediction and adaptation. This can ensure food, profits and sustainability. In the Sustainable Development Goals, digital agriculture delivers economic benefits through increased agricultural productivity, cost efficiency and market, social and cultural opportunities.

This defines an enormous potential of digital transformation. However, it is necessary to synchronize and invest a great deal in advanced machinery and technology. This poses challenges and requires a systematic and comprehensive approach to meeting the requirements of agricultural digital transformation.

Lina Network is a pioneer in the application of digital transformation solutions to agriculture. With Lina FarmTrust products, this helps enable food traceability based on Blockchain technology.

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