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"Connectivity is not an option, but need to make agriculture more competitive", says FPA

To allow the application of resources in rural area mobile pending in the Senate PL 172/2020

Modern machinery, essential information for decision-making producer, greater efficiency and lower production cost are elements that are part of the automation in food production. The connectivity as a basic input for modern agriculture in the country was the live theme of Agricultural Parliamentary Front (FPA) this Tuesday (14).

Through video conference, the expert Sergio Goncalves Dutra, project advisor to the Mato Grosso Cotton Institute (IMAmt), explained how increased Brazilian agriculture and the advancement of connectivity in the field. "Tropical Agriculture is increasingly competitive, with real-time information we will be able to leverage what we have natural resources."

Digital agriculture (Agriculture 4.0) brings together elements with collecting function and analyze data on climate, soil, crops and equipment. Matthew Barros, Digital Agriculture Business leader Bayer for Loverich Latin (Conectaragro) says that new technologies are transforming the production in the field, but it is not the reality in much of rural properties in the country.

"Our field is very fertile and we have the challenge of producing more efficiently and sustainably. The consumer market is increasingly demanding. With Conectaragro producer has available, for example, technologies that help both the operational aspects as well as in strategic business decisions, "he said.

the last Census of Agriculture data from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), 2018, show that 72% (about 5.07 million) of rural properties are no connectivity, in which 50% of the properties are in the Northeast and It has 91% to 100 hectares. "Seeing the agro dialogue, we have a layer of production and people who need to be connected. To telecommunications will be a way to bring more knowledge to farm and grow food production, "says Daniela Martins, manager of Institutional Relations and Governmental SindiTelebrasil.

Connectivity in the field - to allow the application of resources in the area of ​​mobile telephony in the field clears the Senate PL 172/2020. Rapporteur of the measure passed the House of Representatives (PL 1481/07), Mr Vinicius Poit (Novo-SP) pointed out that the Universal Service Fund feature of Telecommunications Services (Fust) - around R $ 21.8 billion accumulated - should stimulate "telecommunications services to reduce regional inequalities and the development of new technologies for rural connectivity."

Joe Silva (SD-MG), author of the bill in the House, said that the process of modernization of rural properties is no longer an option, but a necessity to make the most competitive Brazilian agriculture. "Surely, whoever wins is Brazil: the large, medium and small farmer of each Grotão that country. We are working text in the Senate to the modernity of the internet of things, 5G coverage, arrive in the field. "

CEO Datora Telecom and Chairman of the Board Telcomp, Tomas Fuchs emphasized that to get connectivity in all rural properties in the country is required to Agro's partnership with the major telecom operators. "We need companies that will illuminate the farms on the mobile phone and applications: no use having the internet 5g and not have solutions to the field."

According to a study commissioned by the BNDES, the estimated economic gain for the Brazilian field with the adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) will be US $ 21 billion in 2025, as well as environmental improvements.


This text was translated by machine from Brazilian Portuguese.

Source: Datagro