Smart Agriculture has gone so far. Next-generation farmer What is “smart farmer”?

Next Generation Farmer’s Book “Smart Farmer”

Author Tomoyuki Watanabe

Author who knows from the dawn of smart agriculture up to now

The book “Recommendation for Next Generation Farmers’ Knowledge-Smart Agriculture (Smart Farmers) -” (published by Industrial Development Organization) was published in May 2018.
In 2017, in response to a call from the publisher, Mr. Watanabe started writing from the point where he proposed.
Mr. Watanabe initially worked for Fujitsu Limited and is planning to create medical and veterinary related innovations.
Until now, Mr. Watanabe had nothing to do with the agricultural world, but in 2008, he got into smart agriculture.

From the perspective of companies, agricultural producers, ministries and universities

In May 2008, Mr. Watanabe will be advised by Shinfuku Fruit and Vegetable Co., Ltd., an agricultural corporation in Miyazaki prefecture, on “improving agricultural efficiency through the use of IT”.
At that time I didn’t have the word smart agriculture. Watanabe, who has no experience or knowledge and no ancestors to learn from, decides to delve into the agricultural world. Learn from sowing to harvesting at Shinfuku Vegetable Farm and learn about the realities of agriculture based on “intuition and experience”. These hardships are detailed in Chapter 2 of the book.
Then, for three years from May 2012, he was in charge of work related to the promotion of ICT application in agricultural sites as an officer of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. . In 2014, we established the Japan Agricultural Information Systems Association with the aim of promoting smart farming and human resource development. Currently, he is also a researcher at Keio University.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries listed “Smart Agriculture Accelerated Demonstration Project” as a new business area in fiscal year 2019, earning 5 billion yen in its first year. In this project, we are soliciting implementation plans for smart demonstration farms and the Japan Agricultural Information Systems Association is also engaged in activities to expand accumulated knowledge. , such as beginning of support for applications.

Writing is based on experience and network

This book is based on these experiences and the personal connections cultivated in the process. It seems the rich examples posted are companies that were in contact before writing.
This book contains eight chapters, history, present and ideal of the past 10 years to strengthen “agricultural producers with skills in management, information technology and data analysis, and production = Smart farmer (coined by Mr. Watanabe) “It is a compact summary of emergence and problems.
A lot of the latest information was also posted, including examples of topics such as drones and plant plants using AI, and cases that Mr. Watanabe predicts will become common in the future. hybrids, such as devices that automatically manage the water level of paddy fields.

What is the “new 3K agriculture” created by smart agriculture?

A panoramic view of smart agriculture

Mr. Watanabe has observed smart agriculture from a different perspective for the past 10 years. If I need to speak from Hokkaido to Okinawa, I will go there.
The main audience is entrepreneurs, but it seems the number of farmers has increased in recent years. The farmers who attended the lecture were divided into 50s thinking about business inheritance and those in their 20s and 30s who wanted to renew the agriculture inherited from their parents, and it is said that the number of specific questions from each person has increased.
Mr. Watanabe emphasized that “new 3K agriculture” can be realized using smart agriculture. It’s a new 3K that is “cool, profitable and moving” from the usual 3K as “tight, dirty, dangerous”.
“ICT makes the picture cooler and you can make money analyzing the data, and the results will impress you.”

Future images of smart agriculture

In this book, we classify smart agriculture that is being done into four categories.
“Integrated remote facility control using various sensors” “Precise control of agricultural machinery with GPS” “Job management / growth with smartphones and tablets” ” sales by linking POS and crop / inventory information.
In other words, Mr. Watanabe said that smart agriculture will include not only production locations but also process chains such as distribution and sales to consumers.
Furthermore, in Chapter 8 of the final chapter, we will discuss the prototype (verification) of the next-generation food / agricultural information distribution platform.[Nober]“Provides useful information to farmers, the distribution / restaurant industry and consumers. Introduction. Nober offers a future in which consumers can get to know the recommended vegetables and the shop. from the name of the dish, match the manufacturer, improve traceability, reduce food loss, etc. I will.

Looking forward to the next generation of agriculture

As a result, the management vision is linked to smart agriculture

“When we talk about smart agriculture, we are often asked, ‘Are you trying to get ICT to do everything and create a farmer who doesn’t think about it?’ But the ICT gives a simulated answer from the data The farmer decides to choose, so in the end you’ll have to think more. What you’re doing with your intuition and your experience will come to mind. you with data. “
Mr. Watanabe paints an image of a skillful farmer, moving and thinking.

For many readers

This book is also called a “textbook” to learn about smart agriculture in general. Mr. Watanabe wants this to be read not only by farmers and companies, but also by students who intend to start farming.
“It’s not nice that agriculture is not an option for college graduates. In this book I want them to know that agriculture is different from what they used to be and what they want to do after graduation. university I want you to think
How will smart agriculture change agriculture and farmers? This is a book that allows you to know the current situation from many perspectives.

President of Japan Agricultural Information Systems Association. Joined Fujitsu Limited in 1993. Involved in the creation of innovations related to medicine, veterinary medicine and agriculture. Take the lead in the development of “smart farming solutions”. Since 2012, he has been in charge of the computerization of agricultural, forestry and fishery websites at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. In 2014, he founded the “Japan Agricultural Information Systems Association (JAISA)” with the aim of promoting the use of “smart agriculture” such as ICT, IoT and AI, and developing human resources, at the same time is the association president.

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