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Spatial database to improve rice production

paddy field 179186 640The RiceAtlas is a spatial database that collects information on where, when and how much rice is grown globally

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IoT is accelerating the globalisation of food production and processing

shutterstock 158904395A new Internet of Things (IoT) research study from Inmarsat reveals that the use of IoT for environmental monitoring is helping businesses meet import requirements in more countries than ever


The study shows that agritech businesses are helping many food producers to meet increasingly stringent import requirements by monitoring production, food hygiene, and sustainability through the use of IoT. This, the report states, will accelerate the globalisation of food production by enabling food producers from developing country to export to developed economies, where these regulations originate from.

Both the United States and the European Union (EU) have been raising import standards as concerns about sustainable and safe food production gather pace by, for example, imposing new traceability standards on fish imports. 49 per cent of agritech respondents in Inmarsat’s ‘IoT in Enterprise 2017’ report ranked monitoring and improving health and safety due to industry and government regulation requirements as the main priority in the deployment of IoT applications for the agricultural sector.

Environmental monitoring was the second most important reason for the development of IoT solutions, further reinforcing the importance of regulatory demands in driving the adoption of IoT in many sectors.

IoT sensors can help the industry keep track of their produce from farm to fork, ensuring import standards are adhered to, regularly monitored and never breached. This ability to track food through the whole supply chain is opening up new markets – particularly in the EU and US – for agribusinesses based in the developing world.

Paul Gudonis, President, Inmarsat Enterprise, commented on the significance of IoT in agriculture, “Consumers are becoming more conscious of where their food is coming from and how this is impacting their environment and carbon footprint, whilst also developing a taste for organic and ethically sourced produce. With government environmental standards reinforcing these trends and becoming more stringent, environmental, social and financial sustainability is now at the top of the agricultural agenda. This creates a framework of complex standards and regulations, many of which present logistical and operational challenges for the agritech industry."

“Inmarsat is working with a variety of agritech companies globally to improve supply-chain efficiencies, particularly in locations where satellite plays a key part in the connectivity mix. We are seeing food producers rising to the challenge by deploying technology to improve traceability and increase visibility over their operations, leading to access into the richest food markets as they are able to easily demonstrate compliance with these standards. Not only will this stand to enrich developing economies, it will also increase competition and lower prices in developed markets, while importantly conserving our precious natural resources,” concludes Gudonis.

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Omex Agrifluids set for soluble fertiliser plant

Bag fill at the Omex Soluble Powders PlantOmex Agrifluids has announced the construction of a new soluble powders plant at the company’s King’s Lynn headquarters in eastern England, to manufacture fully soluble powder NPK products for the international market

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Bayer and Fair Planet extend collaborates for high-quality vegetable seeds in Ethiopia

Bayer 1The global pharmaceutical company Bayer has partnered with the non-profit organisation Fair Planet in the ‘Bridging the Seed Gap’ project, which focuses on genrating opportunities for smallholder farmers in Ethiopia by improving access to high-quality vegetable seeds

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AfDB president Adesina wins 2017 World Food Prize

15481194690 3cf602a763 oDr Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group, has been awarded the World Food Prize 2017 for his pioneering role in empowering African agriculture and making it a key player of securing food for the world

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