Smart systems for economic monitoring of production costs in Italy

We present to you the activity of SEMS – Smart Systems for Economic Monitoring of Production and Exploitation Costs related to Precision Mechanization, developed under Measure 16.1 of the RDP in Italy.

Their representatives will take part in the practical part of the High Level Forum on Digital Agriculture “Together for Strong Digital Agriculture”, to be held from 18 to 20 April 2018 under the program of the Bulgarian EU Council Presidency. Organizers of the event are the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the Institute for Agro-Strategies and Innovation, in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.

In general, the agricultural sector has little capacity to restructure and modernize. Interactive access to technical and economic information related to major crops grown in the Emilia-Romagna region through the most commonly used electronic devices could improve the quality of decision-making processes by farmers.

The SEMS – Smart Systems for Economic Monitoring of Costs of Production and Exploitation of Precision Mechanization, formed under the Cooperation measure of the Rural Development Program in Italy, implemented a project with a budget of EUR 201,392 for the period April 2016 – March 2019. The project partners are the Agricultural Research Center in Cesena, the UNIBO Institute at the University of Bologna, three experimental farms and five producer organizations.

The SEMS Operative Group project aims to set up an online system to monitor the economic sustainability of farm production systems in Emilia-Romagna. Monitoring and the availability of a comparative analysis of farmers’ rapid use data are a preliminary step towards more informed decisions on the introduction of technological innovations.

Among the expected results of the project are the preparation of a database that will be accessible to partners with information on the costs related to the introduction of innovations in precision farming, high mechanization and environmental sustainability techniques. The system will be available through online consultation of data on the production costs of major crops and the costs associated with the use of innovative machines.

Since the implementation of the Operative Group project, the database implementation procedures have already given a strong boost to cooperation and benchmarking between the farms involved in the project, both as individual farms and through partner organizations. The network of existing relationships and those to be strengthened in the implementation of the project seem promising for the successful implementation of the SEMS Operational Group initiative.  

The publication is based on EIP – AGRI materials

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