14 Jan 2016
DIGITAL AGRICULTURE – 14 JANUARYBrussels Daily
Excepts from the Speech by Commissioner Phil Hogan at today’s EU Workshop
“Europe’s Opportunity in Digital Agriculture”
This era of hyper-connectivity, where the pace of technological innovation is proceeding faster than ever before, agriculture has not yet caught up with the “digital revolution”.
Yes, there is plenty of innovation in the sector.
Smart and digital agriculture holds many promises for a more sustainable, productive, and competitive EU farm sector. We have seen solutions that have the potential to significantly improve resource efficiency, animal health, carbon footprint, and farmers’ position in the supply chain.
But we have yet to witness a wider uptake in the broader farm community. Developing new solutions is not in itself enough – encouraging sufficient uptake is an issue we must address.
So how do we get there?
Let’s look at the good work already done.
(Measures under CAP)
The new CAP provides EU Member States with a number of instruments to drive the growth of precision agriculture.
Several Pillar II measures support Member States and Regions to develop precision agriculture in their Rural Development Programmes.
This can for example happen through investments in physical assets or stronger cooperation measures.
And the CAP is not working in isolation. A smart, modern agriculture will contribute to a wide variety of economic, societal and environmental goals. This fact is recognised at all levels of the Commission. For example, I have personally discussed the importance of this matter with Commissioner Oettinger and other colleagues.
(Horizon 2020 / EIP-Agri)
There is €3.6bn available at EU level between now and 2020 to fund synergies between Agriculture and Research, via Horizon 2020 and the European Innovation Partnership for “Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability”, or “EIP-AGRI”.
Around 64 million will be dedicated to precision farming and digital technologies in the agriculture sector under the current Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017.
Read full speech here