Weather stations - a right hand for 25,000 agricultural households

In the previous year, farmers from Sombor, Vrbas, Indjija, Backa Topola and Subotica could get assured that new technologies can be very useful in the race to increase yields. With the help of AgroLife web and mobile applications, which record between 2,800 and 3,300 unique views per month, and 50 state-of-the-art weather stations, producers received information in a single click about the right time to go out into the field, to start irrigation and fertilization, provide pest protection and other agrotechnical measures.

Selected pilot cities and municipalities received meteorological stations within the project "Digitization of municipal land management" implemented by GIZ, NALED and Telegroup. These areas include about 25,000 farms registered on their territory, with 1,500 tenants renting land in public ownership. The data from the application show that they were most interested in information on the amount of precipitation, soil moisture, plant nutrition, accessibility of the terrain, tillage and time frames for spraying and sowing.

- About 324,000 data on all parameters important for the cultivation of different crops are processed monthly through meteorological stations, which are connected to the AgroLife platform. These devices not only monitor real-time data on the territory of the municipality, but also show a precise forecast on individual parts of the plots. The application processes the information coming from the weather stations and issues clear instructions when the day is suitable for the field. The application also manages the risks of the appearance of 68 most common types of diseases and pests, and in that way farmers can take preventive action to prevent the destruction of the fruit - says Diana Gligorijevic, co-owner of TeleGroup.

The AgroLife is available as a web application, as well as in its mobile version via Google Play store. Its basic version is free for all farms, and in addition to supporting farmers, it has a wider significance because all collected information will be used for research purposes to improve production efficiency in Serbia in general. Improvement in this area is now more important than ever given the current crisis in Ukraine and its impact on food prices, but also on food production and supply, and it is very important to ensure that most of the needs of citizens and businesses are met with domestic arable land.

Practice has shown that neither the users of state land nor the local governments that manage it have enough information about the condition of the leased plots, which leads to improper further processing and declining quality of that land, which covers an area of 515,000 hectares. The project "Digitization of municipal land management" was launched with the aim of recording all data that had previously been entered and mostly lost through field records in paper, through an application, thus saving the data for all future tenants.

In this way, municipalities can more easily and efficiently monitor the use of leased land, in order to prevent degradation, and at the same time have data on the type and structure of total agricultural production in the local government.

- The whole idea came from the fact that, especially in Vojvodina in the last 20 years, there has been a significant degradation of soil quality, because the same crops were constantly sown from year to year, without systematic monitoring. Our software contains information on the optimal crop rotation that must be applied, and if someone who is a tenant does not follow that instruction, the software automatically alerts the local government and reports that there has been inadequate treatment on a particular plot. This gives the competent authorities the opportunity to react in a timely manner, in order to preserve the fertile land and ensure more yields for the coming years - Gligorijevic points out.




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