New weather stations are notifying when it is time for the field

From now on, more than 18,000 farmers from Sombor, Vrbas, Indjija, Backa Topola and Subotica will be able to get information about weather disasters, as well as the appearance of diseases and insects that threaten their crops, through the most modern meteorological stations. The new information will help users increase yields, while reducing operating costs by up to several hundred euros per going to the agricultural property.

The weather stations are connected to the AgroLIFE platform for more efficient planning of agricultural production, and they are set up within the project "Digitization of Municipal Land Management". The project is supported by the program of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and is implemented by German Development Cooperation (GIZ), NALED and TeleGroup. In addition to real-time weather data, which is updated every hour, the prediction of rain, frost and high temperatures is accurately over 90%, and users of the application will receive alerts via notifications through the application.

- Weather station sensors monitor the temperature and humidity of the air and soil, wind strength, leaf humidity and the amount of rainfall in real-time. All collected data will be available up to a year back. The monitoring also includes the health status of crops on individual plots and the development of infections that may affect the quality of production. The first 50 stations have been set up in selected local governments in Vojvodina, and there are ambition and interest to expand the project to other cities and municipalities in Serbia - says Diana Gligorijevic, co-owner of TeleGroup.

The use of AgroLIFE software is intended primarily for tenants of state land managed by local governments, in order to prevent degradation of fields and increase user satisfaction by collecting more information on use. The application is available and free of charge also for all owners of private households, as well as a website with an overview of the data processed by these weather stations.

- Out of 1,300 land tenants in five pilot municipalities, 615 people are currently planning their production through the AgroLIFE platform. Through data collected from weather stations and the AgroLIFE platform, we want to provide a basis for farmers and decision-makers at the local and national levels to better plan land use to increase yields, productivity and preserve land quality - says NALEDs Good Governance Director Ana Ilic.

Amira Omanovic, project manager in the German Development Cooperation, points out that the process and trend of digitalization provide great opportunities for the modernization of municipal services and procedures, including in the process of agricultural land management. Beneficiaries, in this case farmers, have new opportunities to increase productivity and yield quality in cooperation with municipalities. "We expect that the experiences of municipalities in Serbia and in general the way of managing state-owned agricultural land in Serbia will be useful for relevant actors in the region, especially in BiH and Montenegro," Omanovic added.

The project of digitalization of municipal land management has a regional character, and based on the software solution in Serbia, the data collection process started in pilot local governments in Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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