Digital technologies embedded in livestock farms are being applied increasingly amongst the projects of the operational innovation clusters set up and functioning within the European Innovation Partnership. Here is a project of an operational group in Spain.
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.
The territorial structure of Galician livestock farms is very fragmented and their parcels are usually of small size and high fragmentation. These circumstances hinder the economic efficiency and environmental sustainability of farms requiring more resources to support them.
The work of the Operative Group in Spain is focused on the possible solutions to these practical problems, which for the period from July 2017 to October 2018 implements a RDP project with a total budget of EUR 102,992. Participants in the Operative Group are the Marinas Betanzos Rural Development Association, two dairy cooperatives, the Santiago de Compostela University Territorial Laboratory, the Computer Center at the University of La Coruna, the Mabegondo Agricultural Research Center and the Quality Institute of food in Galicia (INGACAL).
The aim of this Spanish Operative Group project is to develop computer software that, depending on the different initial situations, offers reorganization and grouping of plots belonging to different farms. This will improve the territorial base of farms and facilitate the production of feed as a basis for animal nutrition.
Among the expected results of the implementation of the project are the creation and distribution of the software, which will allow the reallocation of the arable land among farmers, while the farms retain their size. In this way, farmers will reduce their production costs while improving the sustainability of their farms.
Since the start of the project, the first version of the software product has been tested in livestock farms from several pilot areas. Feedback from farmers demonstrates the usefulness of decreasing distances between parcels and logistics related factors.
The publication is based on EIP – AGRI materials