Australia’s Report on Agtech Confirms Technology Can Lead to Fertile Future

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October 5, 2020
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A report by the Australian Council of Learned Academics’ Future of Agriculture Technologies found that increasing the use of emerging technologies could enhance the agricultural sector’s productivity, diversity, and profitability.

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The Australian Council of Learned Academics’ Future of Agriculture Technologies report says emerging technologies like sensors, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), biotechnology, nanotechnology, and distributed ledgers could enhance the agricultural sector’s productivity, diversity, and profitability.

The report emphasized how technologies could potentially generate vast datasets that could assist farmers in decision-making and environmental monitoring, so they could focus more attention on complex tasks.

Moreover, the report says, properly deployed AI and IoT could underpin solutions like asset automation and rapid testing of localized crops, reducing costs and boosting investment in computational hardware, software, and algorithm development.

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