While IoTs will boost the digitization of agriculture through enabling the internal and external networks of farming operations, education and knowledge transfer hold the key to getting smart farming to take off. Here is why strong educational efforts focused on high-tech farming skills are needed.
Over the past 10 years, decreasing prices for sensors, actuators and micro-processors, as well as the development of big data algorithms, cloud technologies and high-speed cellular communications ushered in the ‘Agriculture 4.0’ revolution. Here precision farming processes gained in efficiency, accuracy and automation. The concept of ‘Agriculture 4.0’ draws from ‘Industry 4.0’, which describes progress towards automation and data integration in manufacturing.
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