Smart Agriculture Promotion Policy
The Council of Agriculture of the Executive Yuan implements the Smart Agriculture Program with the two major promotion routes “smart production” and “digital service” . By introducing the technologies of intelligent production and management, small farmers can increase overall efficiency and quantity in production. Furthermore, through the applications of Internet of Things and big data analysis, farmers can establish a comprehensive consumption service platform to meet the needs of all agricultural stakeholders, which can improve consumer confidence in food safety and enhance consumer loyalty. We look forward to developing more efficient agricultural production models , and creating a better working environment for agricultural workers. Moving agriculture industry towards a new era of efficiency, safety, and low risk.
The industrial applications of interdisciplinary technologies
The development of smart agriculture combines key technologies such as ICT, Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data analysis to construct the smart production and digital service systems. Taking agricultural facility industry as example, the application framework of the related key technologies in the industry is shown in the bellowing figure. From the four major blocks of facility design, field management, production and marketing coordination, and consumer services, a loop system of “sensing→monitoring→decision→automatic feedback” is formed.
Through the collection and analysis of big data, we will be able to connect production management, sales, to consumer services and create flexible production plans to achieve production and sales balance, developing a new operation model for Smart Farmers Union (SFU). Under this application framework, it is also likely to create a knowledge-based agricultural service industry such as agricultural business risk analysis services and crop cultivation integrated management consulting services.
Primary promoting industries for smart agriculture
In order to develop smart agriculture, the COA targets ten leading industries for primary promotion, including orchid, seedling, mushroom, agricultural facility, rice, the major export crops, dairy, poultry, aquaculture and marine fishery industries, and builds a common information platform that meets the needs of all pilot industries.
The Common Information Platform of agriculture
The common information platform integrates the present information systems within the Council of Agriculture, with the collected external data and public information, such as climate, soil, pests, diseases, markets, news, government open information, etc. By integrating the essential information and resources for smart production in the pilot industries, we can establish a big data reservoir and analysis platform to develop decision support systems for agricultural production, early warning, and sales management. With the big data analysis technology, farmers can make more strategic management plans and decisions by utilizing these wide variety of data, thus increasing the overall agricultural production efficiency.