Every other year, GSA (European?Global Navigation Satellite System?Agency) sponsors the Farming by Satellite Prize. The biennial prize is open to students and young farmers with innovative ideas about using satellite technology to improve agricultural production, efficiency and profit. The 2020 edition further extended the prize to the African region.
Precision agriculture is a highly effective farming strategy that allows farmers to better allocate inputs, such as seeds and fertilisers, to increase productivity, lower costs and minimise the environmental impact. Traditionally, the main obstacle to wide-scale application of precision agriculture has been the substantial investment required. EGNOS and Galileo fundamentally change the equation by offering high precision at low cost.
The main advantages of satellite technologies in agriculture include high accuracy and the repeatability of the same action year on year. These two fundamental advantages lead to valuable benefits, including:
- reduced waste through the over-application of fertilisers and herbicides;
- reduced seed consumption;
- fuel and time savings;
- lower fatigue;
- extended equipment life;
- optimised crop yields.
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