The European Parliament’s has adopted a report on the potential use of precision agriculture to help implement the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), released by the Joint Research Centre (JRC).
Using information technology, satellite positioning systems and remote sensing, Precision agriculture is able to manage spatial and temporal variability associated with all aspects of agricultural production – crops and animal – for the purpose of improving performance, production, and economic and environmental quality.
The report proposes some recommendations, such as awareness-raising and information campaigns among farmers, guidelines, and an EU ‘precision farming calculator’ tool which would bring decision-support value to farmers and advisers. This should be accompanied by research and development studies and fostering the roles of the Farm Advisory Services and the European Innovation Partnership in the frame of the 2nd pillar of the CAP.
To go further:
Read the news on the JRC Internet site.
Read the full report on the EP Internet Site.