IFA Environment Chair and Smart Farming Programme Leader Paul O’Brien has encouraged farmers to download a new Smart Farming guidance note to learn about technologies which can be implemented on farms.
Paul O’Brien said there are a number of technologies now available to farmers, some of which are relatively low cost, which can help reduce farm inputs and labour, and simplify farm processes.
“Any technology which helps to cut down on a farmer’s workload or reduce their impact on the environment should be seriously considered,” he said.
Paul O’ Brien added that the adoption of technology will become more important as the sector works to meet emission reduction targets. Agri tech will provide solutions to some of the challenges and will assist farmers. Research is ongoing in the area and farmers must be supported to implement existing and future technologies.
The guidance note gives advice on the most helpful farm phone apps currently on the market and the potential benefits of GPS, sensors, and automated systems on farms.
For more information, and to download the Smart Farming Agri Technology guidance note, visit here.
Smart Farming is a resource efficiency programme run by the IFA in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency. The Smart Farming Agri Technology guidance note provides information on new technologies to improve soil fertility and prevent nutrient losses; improve grassland management; reduce feed costs; calculate a farms’ carbon footprint; and other technologies to improve farm management and save on time and labour.