On Precision Agriculture – a conference in Kamień Śląski
Leading entrepreneurs, representatives of companies connected with agriculture and experts met during the conference “Precision agriculture in Poland – today and tomorrow”, the programme of which was filled with information on technological novelties in agriculture, and which took place from 29 February to 1 March 2016 in Culture and Science Centre of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Opole in Kamień Śląski. Puławy Competence Center was represented by Professor Janusz Igras and Doctor Zenon Pokojski. The annual conference is organized by Agrocom Polska which this year cooperated with two other companies – Class Polska and 365 FarmNet.
The experts from Puławy Competence Center presented a report issued at the end of the previous year entitled “Poland – an attractive food producer and provider”. According to Professor Igras the report was created because “Poland, more than any other country, has the potential necessary to become a European centre of food production and processing. It is our duty to grasp the present opportunity. We need to take steps that would allow us to gain advantage over our competitors not only in Europe, but also in developing markets, and our report was meant to start a debate over this issue.” Developing this idea further, Doctor Zenon Pokojski added that Polish agriculture is the engine of Polish export and it needs, more than ever before, access to scientific development and the latest technologies supporting agricultural production. “According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the value of Polish food exports is steadily increasing. We have a very strong position in that field and we may be an example to follow of how to use subsidies for agricultural production best,” said Doctor Pokojski.
The unquestionable attractions of this year’s conference were technological innovations and presentation of the gold medal winners from Poznań International Agricultural Fair POLAGRA PREMIERY 2016: a farmland satelite monitoring system SatAgro and 365FarmNet programme.
Other issues that were discussed at the conference were the possibility of collecting 20 t/ha of wheat in 20 years and innovations in automatic management and variable-rate delivery of fertilizers. The participants of the conference had a chance to do some practical exercises with a free field programme 365FarmNet.
The organisers emphasise that everything that was presented and discussed during the conference is to serve the agriculture as it needs constant access to the latest trends and innovative solutions.