Applying AI to agriculture | Discover Artificial Intelligence with Angeliki Dedopoulou

Summary Transcript

How is AI-based innovation helping the EU produce food more efficiently?

And can AI assist farmers in reducing greenhouse gas emissions?

Join Angeliki Dedopoulou in the latest episode of her series on Artificial Intelligence to find out.

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Hello, everyone. My name is Angeliki Dedopoulou, and in this episode we’ll see the role of artificial intelligence in the agricultural sector.

The EU agricultural sector is one of the world’s leading producers of food, and it provides millions of jobs for Europeans.

Smart farming is helping the agricultural sector to be more profitable. At the same time, it’s helping increase efficiency and cut our greenhouse gas emissions. Artificial intelligence has also the potential to maximise efficiency and increase productivity even further.

In the case of smart greenhouses, for example, with AI, variations in conditions can trigger automated actions, which, in turn, will evaluate the changes and implement correct actions to maintain optimal conditions for plant growth.

So, how exactly is artificial intelligence assisting farmers increase efficiency?

Here are just a few examples:

AI-powered mechanisms can monitor aspects such as grain mass flow, moisture content and quality of harvested grains. It can water the same time to improve decision making, reducing operational costs and waste, while at the same time enhancing productivity and reducing prices. IoT-enabled solutions help farmers track and improve soil quality to avoid degradation over time.

In 2018, the European Commission identified agriculture as one of the key application areas where targeted investment is needed. This, to address environmental challenges, biodiversity and the protection of natural resources.

In 2018, 25 European countries signed a Declaration of cooperation on ‘A smart and sustainable digital future for European agriculture and rural areas’ to take a number of actions to support the successful digitalisation of agriculture in Europe. The Declaration is part of the ongoing efforts to facilitate and accelerate the digital transformation in farming sector and rural areas, Europe.