The demand for agricultural products in the international market is growing rapidly, but the growth rate of agricultural productivity in Australia, a large agricultural country, has been hovering at a low level for a long time. What should I do? Australian agricultural enterprises have been raising this issue in recent years.
In order to get out of the dilemma, a large number of agricultural enterprises in Australia quickly introduced innovative technologies such as digital technology and took innovation as a new engine for the development of this traditional industry.
Crop transportation carpooling innovation
In Australia, animal husbandry was a relatively low degree of automation application. Digital innovation technology has changed this situation and provided "unlimited innovation opportunities" for herdsmen. The smart farm innovation center of the University of New England in Australia has opened up a farm with an area of 2900 hectares, where 14 cutting-edge agricultural innovative technologies are applied to achieve accurate management of each livestock. Professor David lamb, head of the innovation center and precision agriculture expert, estimates that 28 million cattle in Australia may wear electronic ear tags in the future to help managers remotely monitor their location and eating.
In addition, Australian agricultural technicians cooperate with farmers and use analysis methods such as big data to plant land scientifically and use water resources more rationally, so as to reduce production costs. Now, innovative equipment such as unmanned tractors and remote-controlled aircraft to monitor the health of crops are not rare in the field of agriculture in Australia.
A number of agricultural and animal husbandry enterprises have changed the traditional management mode. In the past, Australian cattle herders may spend five hours a day driving trucks to check the pasture. Now, using remote-controlled aircraft and satellite images, herders can easily check the pasture through the computer screen after getting up in the morning.
The extensive application of innovative technologies has also spawned an innovative agricultural service industry in Australia, such as crop transportation carpooling service based on the "Uber" car rental model.
Challenge many rural areas without network
Georgia Tumi, a commodity analyst at Rabobank Sydney representative office, believes that innovative technology, intelligent management and innovative business model based on digital technology are becoming the support for the future development of Australian agriculture.
However, Australian agriculture also faces many challenges when it is equipped with an innovation engine. For example, agricultural equipment such as harvesters, tractors and farm tools in Australia generally have the ability to collect data, but many rural areas in Australia still cannot use the network, so the obtained data cannot be transmitted to the relevant central database in time to provide real and comprehensive materials for big data analysis.
Simon Tolbert, head of the Australian National Farmers' Federation, said that driven by the innovation engine, agriculture is expected to become the fastest growing part of Australia's economy.