The EU agri-food sector is at a crossroads. Societal pressures require increasingly environmentally friendly production, at lower costs. At the same time, the number of labourers is declining and younger generations are not entering the profession. If Europe is to continue producing for its population, thereby reducing imports while growing jobs in the sector in a sustainable fashion, a modernisation of farming is needed.
Precision farming will allow European farmers to grow what is needed, with little waste in produce, water, and pesticides, and using less manual labour. Farms of the future will be high-tech ventures that are appealing for the younger generations. Robotics, combined with AI and big data, has a big part to play.
Photo: Agricultural robotics (credit: Eu Robotics / SPARC)
Source: Eu Robotics / SPARC