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Application of precision farming system.

Poland, Wielkopolskie and Wroclawski
Region

This case study is part of the Technological innovation cluster (TECH). The focus region selected for its implementation comprise two NUTS 3 in Poland South-east, Wielkopolskie and Wroclawski, Poland (PL518).

Region map.

In this region the agriculture is one of the most important sectors of the region’s economy. Farmers manage about 1,800 thousand hectares of agricultural land. Farmers of the region have the largest agricultural production in the whole country, both global and by commodity. At the national level the region is ranked second in global and commodity crop production and in first place respecting the national livestock production. The region is defined by an innovative well-organized agriculture – in the region the agriculture with the high support of European funds is quickly modernizing. Modernization of agriculture production assets in Wielkopolska and Wrocławski region is proceeding much faster than on average in the country.

Study focus

The requirements introduced in agriculture, which are conditions that protect the natural environment, human and animal health, concern the use of sustainable fertilization and integrated pest management, can be responded by adopting precise fertilization and chemical protection practices, what is generally known by precision farming.

In the selected focus region the farms applying or interested in the introduction of the precision farming system are mainly large-scale facilities conducting intensive crop production based largely on technological simplifications – based on the analysis of environmental conditions (soil richness analyses, information on the occurrence of pathogens).

The region is characterised by large-scale farms established on the former state-owned farms, which, due to the intensification of production and the need to reduce costs, introduce simplified technologies in the cultivation of plants. In these facilities, there are favourable conditions for introducing elements of precision agriculture into the plant production process and the efficient use of resources in the form of efficient mechanization measures on their equipment.

Legal requirements demanded to agriculture, which are conditions that protect the natural environment, human and animal health, concern the use of sustainable fertilization and integrated pest management, which in turn is associated with precise fertilization and chemical protection measures.

 

Full report is available here.

Partner and responsible person contact

Agricultural Advisory Center

Mateusz Sekowski, m.sekowski@cdr.gov.pl

Agricultural Advisory Center (AAC) is a government institution subordinated to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The Center is an operator that cooperates with agricultural advisory organizations, government and self-government administration institutions, professional associations, research and development units, as well as other entities working for the development of agriculture and rural areas in Poland. The purpose of current activities is the improvement of knowledge and qualifications of advisory staff as well as increase and unification of standards of services provided by advisers for farmers and other rural dwellers.

Lessons learned
1 Advisors from the public sector play a significant role in advising on innovation.
This case study allowed the assessment of sources of information on the implementation of innovative solutions by farmers in a given region. The analysis of the study shows that the advisors from the public sector cooperating with farmers at the regional level play a significant role in advising on innovation. The vast majority of the farmer - advisor interaction takes place in the form of 'one to one', training sessions, workshops, and seminars.
2 The input and machinery private suppliers are key advisors.
Another significant key advice provider in the case precision farming are the input and machinery private suppliers. The neighbour farmer or peer-to-peer interaction emerge as well as relevant source of advice in this case study.
3 Cooperation and regular meetings help to streamline farmers' decision-making.
Cooperation and regular meetings help to streamline farmers' decision-making regarding the introduction of innovation on their own farm. The role of agricultural advisory in the region is significant. Public advisors are main advice providers for most of the farmers in the region, which is due to the long history of public consultancy in the region, trust in farmer-advisor relations, and the high competences demonstrated by advisors in the subject of innovation.

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