Today we consider one of the biggest advantages of a digital agriculture approach: The water Efficiency.

We are witnessing an increasingly globalized world where competition is ruthless where agriculture, of course, could not be an exception. There are estimates that, by the current expansion rates of emerging economies, by 2050, world agricultural production will have to increase by 60%. If, on the one hand, globalization can lead to many problems (which we faced a few days ago on this blog) is also a unique opportunity for those who are large-scale farming or for those who want to invest / expand in this field.

Making efficient water resources with the consequent reduction of costs is a key factor in improving the competitiveness and profitability of your farm.

In fact, a water supply optimization project involves various steps such as:

1) modernization of the water system
2) Improving corporate irrigation systems
3) the creation of canals for the collection of meteoric waters
4) Monitoring the soil moisture conditions related to the vegetation index of the agricultural field under consideration.

Let’s note that the last point is crucial to the design of the first 3 points.
In fact, an observation of the temporal mapping of the agricultural field by satellite, in conjunction with monitoring the soil moisture index, allows to control its agricultural field at the meter level and discover lines or areas with more or less need water.

With obvious cost implications. There are studies that state that 30% of agricultural land is currently subject to degradation due to poor irrigation and that the latter has a percentage of waste around 20%. Percentages that can be overruled with a digital approach to agriculture.

Moreover, with digital agriculture, there are other impacts on many other aspects. The uniformity of the agricultural product is one of these. Whoever points to quality and the Biological will only benefit from a uniform irrigation and the consequent upward alignment of its agricultural product by reducing the percentage of waste to a minimum.

Without the need to describe the bureaucratic details, Italy seems to start moving in this direction, considering agriculture as a strategic one and its modernization with an approach to digital agriculture.
And it is no coincidence that various rural developments for the next five years provide for calls for support for the water and energy efficiency of agricultural fields.

We think we can do a good thing by pointing to two following links:

http://www.bccfc.it/docs/contenuti/comune/file/news/Allegato_PSR_a_4_1_2.pdf
http://www.basilicatapsr.it/politica-agricola-comune–2014 2020 / item / download / 679_84b032aac7cc485c63f02366433a1620

Thank you for your attention and see you next time!

By OmicaFarm