After touring various agricultural companies in the country, Trisha Toop and Rebecca Geraghty experts, who works at two government agricultural innovation centers in the UK, they are shown surprised by the level of technology applied in Argentina, such as: direct sowing, crop rotation and sustainability measures taken.
“We were more than surprised that 93% of agricultural production is done by direct sowing method, with minimal land invasion. That percentage in the UK is much lower. said to COUNTRY Geraghty, who works at Agrimetrics, a center specializing in data management and platform creation.
Other things that surprised you on your visit last monthwhen the Expoagro exhibition was held in San Nicolás, where they gave a talk on “British agricultural technology for more sustainable production”, it large-scale fields, logistics, innovation and applied technology.
“The difference that has the most impact is the scale, there the area is much smaller. This innovation hub is trying to bring smaller fields closer to technology companies,” said Toop, who works at Agri-EPI Ecosystem, an organization dedicated to precision agriculture, robotics and automation.
For Toop, between big challenge what farmers in the UK and around the world now have is to see how become more sustainable.
“Increasingly, British manufacturers are under more pressure to be sustainable. The truth is that they don’t know exactly what to do and how to do it. In our centers that receive funding from the Government, we are here to help the agricultural sector become a more sustainable sector”, highlighted.
He noted that technology and in particular Precision agriculture is what will help how to increase yields and at the same time be sustainable: “Manufacturers must understand that, supported by technology, they will achieve greater sustainability, greater returns, i.e., do more with less to be more sustainable.”
Geraghty agree and believe that the future of agriculture lies in sustainability and the role that producers have played so far is “very fundamental”.
“My advice to them is to understand what impact they are having on the environment today, use carbon case studies, and see how they can have better soil, with less environmental impact. It is very important to change the way producers think to be more aware of land management and protection”, Indian.
For Toops, Although tensions with various environmentalist associations are important, “There are more and more organizations cooperating, because in the end they all seek and share the same ambition and goal: to achieve carbon neutrality, that is a common goal”.
Along these lines, Geraghty describes that After the pandemic, communication between agriculture and society improved: “People start have a very positive image of manufacturers because their role in the supply chain is very basic, they have ensured that the food reaches the table, there are many surveys that show a very positive perspective on manufacturers, consumers now have more value than producers, and now producers have an obligation to tell people how they produce and what they are doing to improve and protect the environment”.
Regarding the advantageous benefits for producers of being more sustainable, they say that In the UK, incentives will begin to be given to those who generate less environmental impact. “Which will require a change in the way they manage their business, their farms, and we have a lot to learn from this,” Toop said.
Final, They highlight the importance of the exchange of knowledge and information between the UK and Argentina. “It’s amazing to see how the agricultural sector in this country is working so brilliantly. Is inspire For this we have asked for funding and financing because we want the next innovation center to be here”, they concluded.
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