Europe’s Green Deal with farmers includes the broadband internet access they’ll need to save money and the environment.
“If we want to really reform our agricultural policy, we will have to introduce broadband everywhere in the agricultural world,” said Frans Timmermans, the European Commission executive vice-president for the European Green Deal.
“We have to work with precision agriculture,” Timmermans said yesterday at the Web Summit broadcast from Lisbon. “We will have to work with new technologies. We will have to introduce new ways of farming at the very fundamental level.”
Broadband access will enable farmers to quickly identify and respond to diseases in crops and livestock or to deliver fertilizers and other supplements only to those areas of fields where data shows they are needed.
The EU has supported the development of internet platforms for farmers, such as 365farmnet.com.
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