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Big Data will contribute to increase agricultural production

Big data tools will contribute to increase agricultural production due to its capacity to offer more precise and specific information aimed at a better decision-making process by the rural producer. 

This was highlighted by the United Nations’ representative for Agriculture and Food (FAO) in Brazil, Alan Bojanic, in a lecture at GAFTalks, an event held by Datagro last Wednesday (29) in São Paulo (SP).

According to Bojanic, precision agriculture, which advances towards a higher field automation, is the agriculture of the future, and Big Data solutions will be essential for this evolution. According to FAO’s representative in Brazil, in addition to subsidizing the rural producer with recommendations related to planting and harvesting, Big Data platforms will also be more and more used for commercial projections, related to the markets’ oscillation.

Among the challenges, Bojanic mentioned the property issue of the data to be stored in the Big Data platforms. “We lack regulation on this subject.” FAO’s representative presented as an example of Big Data tool the Agrovoc, an organizing platform. In his presentation, Bojanic also spoke about a study by FAO and OCDE that shows Brazil as the largest exporter of agricultural products by 2024.