The plant industry today faces major challenges, which will bring profound changes to both the practices and the roles of all its stakeholders:
- The need to increase both the quantity (up 50% by 2050) and the quality of production to satisfy the needs of the world's population, as well as the raw material needs for the processing industry and for exploiting the new usages
- The acknowledgement of all environmental constraints essential to ensuring competitiveness and sustainability: climate change, reduced usage of chemical inputs, responsible management of natural resources, in particular water
- The competitiveness and sustainability of farmlands
In response to these challenges, the digital technologies offer a set of tools and methods capable of providing innovative and efficient solutions:
- Acquisition and processing of large masses of data associated with networks of sensors and the technology of the Internet of Things (IoT)
- Availability of predictive models for the entire life cycle of plants, associated with digital simulation and optimisation methods, providing efficient forecasting and decision-making aid tools
- Development of service and on-board IT platforms
The combination of these two points - the challenges and the technologies - has given rise to digital agriculture concepts, to provide innovative solutions for all species and sectors through a consistent and global approach.
The digital technologies are likely to play a central role in the face of the challenges to the plant industry.
Managing them is a core concern with regard to major imperatives in France, in terms of economic development, job and value creation, and the long-term outlook for industries.
Xavier Beulin & Christian Saguez
CEO and Vice-CEO respectively of AgreenTech Valley