During DG Agri's milestone conference on the future of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), held in Brussels on 7 July, Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan emphasized the potential of Internet of Things (IoT) and the data-driven farming for facilitating the CAP management. In his speech, Commissioner Hogan explained that, for instance, data obtained from the satellites could substitute on-the-spot farm checks, thus reducing the administrative burden for farmers and facilitating monitoring of the CAP measures.
Commissioner Hogan's remarks were echoed by Mr Tarmo Mann, the Estonian Minister for Rural Affairs, who reiterated that the data-driven farming will be one of the key priorities of the ongoing Estonian presidency.
The Internet of Food & Farm 2020 (IoF2020) project supports these latest policy developments in practice through, among others, development of sensors and field zooning. In return, this enables the IoF2020 project to play a key role in a European pivot towards the data-driven farming with the reduced red-tape and administrative costs.
For more details about the outcomes of the public consultations on the post-2020 CAP, please consult the following link.