— Let's talk a little about the future of agriculture in general and of precision farming in particular. From your perspective, what technologies will develop in the near future?
— Over the past few years, we have seen an increase in the number of startups in the field of precision farming. They offer a variety of products, from sensors that allow to obtain more and more accurate data to the products that simplify the decision-making process. In 2019, there will be more products based on artificial intelligence, I believe. I also think that there will be platforms for aggregating data on soils, plants, and animals. The newest satellites, like the Copernicus programme
, for example, play an important role in precision farming. If one combines information from satellites with data that comes from sensors, we can achieve unprecedented results.
— How do you perceive the future of precision farming in the long term?
— The precision farming will be a real breakthrough, provided that it is aimed at improving not only economic but also environmental and social indicators. The combination of these three measures is the basis for the growth of any company in the future, in any industry. Agriculture should supply us with quality food at competitive prices. Farmers are also expected to minimize environmental pollution. In social terms, digital technologies have been already facilitating and protecting the work of farmers and their employees. That is why precision farming is an essential element of agricultural development in the 21st century.
One of the most significant challenges that modern agriculture will have to face is managing climate and epidemiological risks. In addition, despite the fact that it is involved in serious economic crises more or less everywhere around the world, I believe that agriculture has a bright future ahead.