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Several provinces will initiate a digital screening to assess the adoption of new technologies.

“You have to keep an eye on the financial districts of the world. It is necessary to observe the great events that have been happening in the twenty-first century, since that is where the technological poles come together. In the future, it will be in these regions where most of the solutions of these times will be found, under the design of policies in unison, in the long term.” The observation corresponds to Cristian Inderkumer, director of Research of the Civil Association for Argentine-Chinese Cooperation (ACCACH).

This specialist recognizes the center from where the great advances have been triggered and the whole process that shows digitalization as a great tool.

Just looking at China and its more than 100 million people connected to 4G networks, mobile internet, cloud computing and big data that are transforming agriculture would be enough to understand everything that is being replaced by smartphones and applications aimed at agricultural development.

For now, it can be seen in virtuality as in the world of agriculture, the prescriptions advance. That is, all these predictive technologies have allowed the creation of weed maps, accurate surveys of the last 3 agricultural campaigns and so much productive efficiency; that in sprays are generating savings in the use of products close to 70%, if measured by batch.

It sounds strange that all this happens, in the midst of a deep crisis that shows the world economy cold; Although perhaps this lag, which could extend for years, will equate many countries like ours, which have maintained this cyclical cold for decades.

“In situations like these, agriculture, livestock, commerce and the technology industry are key, to get out of this congestion that fails to minimize inequalities, nor enhance development and infrastructure. New applications in technology are leading the changes. The internet of things, sharing economy, knowledge, connectivity, are policy issues in many countries, “agrees Inderkumer considering that we are a leading country in agricultural development, although with minimal roots in modern concepts.

Much of all this continues to be shown by the reality of our country, with high deficiencies due to lack of connectivity (internet) in the interior of the country and large rural areas of the central core region, which continue to generate distortions and delays.

As a paradox is China, where it is already common to see how a series of games on cell phones allow you to create your own farm, assemble your horticultural production plot or manage a small nucleus of animals for your own supply or a certain radius, are being transformed into incentive applications, to familiarize farmers with new technologies.

“All are supported by the government and in many cases end up being transformed into new companies or rural ventures.”

This example is just one of many that go around the world and have generated smart greenhouses with irrigation, fertilization systems controlled through mobile phones and 200 other agricultural projects that are supported by the provincial cloud of the Jiangxi region (China).

The development is so broad, that in some regions, a hundred cities network, receive help from the local government and monitor food security and rural e-commerce development.

There are 20 thousand rural families registered in this type of digital platforms and it is the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs itself that is the axis of the stimulus towards smartphone applications, as well as the adaptation of producers through these assistance and aid tools.

“What started as a virtual game ended up creating companies, energizing regions and generating greater activities in 96% of China’s rural areas.”

Since the beginning of 2015, hard work is being changed to almost exact precision. There are trainings, contests and other methods of action towards digital agriculture, where there are already solutions to buy and sell more than 7,000 agricultural products. In the catalogs vegetables, fruits, meats and seafood predominate.

At the beginning of 2020, AgriTech startups in China added 144 new companies, enriching a list that does not stop growing. The novelty is the platforms that offer agricultural products not only to final consumers, but also add the possibility of incorporating exclusive suppliers for small and medium restaurants.

The objective of many of them is the elimination of intermediaries and direct deliveries.

It should be noted that everything is achieved from a secure connectivity, since in the case of seafood and fish, efforts have driven the installation of Wi-Fi terminals in the seas. In fact, the circuit already has 500 signal repeaters and has made transactions worth approximately 22 million dollars.

Also, part of the profit generates a fund that is used to establish a supply chain and expand the power of the equipment; constantly. Pioneers

In 2015, Bayer’s agro division introduced Climate Field View to the global market. It is the first digital agriculture platform that emphasized the concept of thinking what the field would tell you, if it could talk, proposing a series of extraordinary results that could be visualized from the first 5 years.

A few weeks ago, those responsible for the program leaked some data recognizing that in Argentina there are already more than 2.3 million hectares connected that group about 30 thousand producers.

Internationally, the numbers are more surprising, because 19,000 seeders and 22,000 combine harvesters have been connected to multiple layers of data that are enriched daily.

According to Ignacio Sanseovich, director of the firm Tecso, the future poses an automation of increasing and unimaginable. “We are facing the exploitation of a whole set and giant volume of data that has been constantly produced,” says the specialist in the software and information systems industry.

In a quick tour of the most noticeable changes, he recognizes that cutting-edge technologies show an integration of hardware and software. Also that they are positioned closer and closer to the field; which has begun to adopt them and link them in value-added processes.

“For agriculture, the internet of things is the closest thing. This implies those issues that – by their own nature – are not intelligent but through the implementation of software and algorithms, they can adopt certain intelligences through devices that allow various activities to be carried out, “he emphasizes highlighting the operability, as well as the need for human supervision in the handling of drones, precision maps, concrete information, sensors, specific software for batch management and monitoring, satellite images and everything that the field has been incorporating in terms of technology.

“In the jargon of smartphones iron, harvesters with advanced technologies, performance monitors and autonomous vehicles begin to mark an innovative and modern path, in this last time.”