Enhancing technology, establishing interactions on the basis of digital farming is the solution to help perfect the ecosystem of Vietnam’s agricultural digital transformation.
Experts say that the fourth industrial revolution has accelerated the digital transformation process taking place in all fields. This puts Vietnam’s agriculture in front of many new challenges.
The digital transformation challenge of agriculture
In his sharing on the eve of the Vietnam Agriculture Digital Transformation International Forum 2021, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Minh Hoan assessed that the first challenge comes from the awareness and habits of farmers. . Specifically, farmers need to change their cognitive thinking, seek values to activate the role of digital transformation, have passion and motivation to approach digital transformation, and change the operating model of farmers. and businesses.
Diving into digital transformation for smallholder farmers, at the Vietnam Agriculture Digital Transformation International Forum 2021, Mr. Kohei Sakata, Head of Digital Agriculture for Asia – Pacific, Bayer Group There are many digital farming solutions on the market, however, most of them are not suitable for smallholder farmers. Some solutions focus on large-scale commercial farming with high affordability. Meanwhile, the biggest challenge of smallholder farmers in Vietnam and other Asian countries is that the value chain is broken, farmers cannot capture the value they create. For example, smallholder farmers can improve yield and quality of harvest by using drones to predict disease. However, because it is not possible to negotiate with traders to purchase products, farmers do not have the full value of the results.
In addition, the dispersion and regional characteristics of smallholder farmers such as geographical location, climatic conditions, local ecosystems, infrastructure, crops… also make technological solutions. for agriculture is dispersed. According to Mr. Kohei Sakata, the reality is that there is still no suitable solution for each locality, while the general solution is not suitable for all. At the same time, most farmers do not know much about digital, so it is difficult to access applications. Vietnamese farmers are also highly dependent on sales agents, agricultural extension officers or purchasing focal points.
“It is important to address the challenge in the value chain system when developing digital farming solutions for smallholders,” said Kohei Sakata.
According to the Vietnam Digital Agriculture Overview report 2021, the percentage of agricultural companies interested in digital transformation is still low. The barriers of enterprises lie in the lack of resources, digital infrastructure, finance. Vietnam’s warehouse infrastructure and processing technology are still backward.
In addition, climate change also has many and negative impacts on Vietnam’s agriculture, especially in the Mekong Delta and Central Highlands. In the context of Covid-19, social distancing solutions also disrupted and disrupted supply chains.
However, Vietnam’s agriculture still has many advantages. It is the infrastructure that has come a long way compared to some countries. At the same time, our country’s agriculture also inherits the experience of many previous countries, creating momentum for the development of digital transformation. The space to bring digital transformation into every corner of social life is assessed by experts as still very large, creating conditions for the agricultural industry to exploit and develop.
“Focusing on deep processing will help Vietnamese agriculture enter the global market and improve the value of farmed products. Along with that, the application of technology will promote disease management for crops, livestock, ensuring food safety and traceability,” said a Bayer representative.
Technological solutions for agriculture
In order to promote the application of high technology in agriculture quickly and effectively, besides the efforts of relevant ministries and branches, it is also necessary to mention the contributions of large corporations in this field. Within the framework of the Vietnam Agriculture Digital Transformation International Forum 2021 with the theme “Keeping up with market trends, promoting the supporting role of the economy in the context of the pandemic and post-Covid-19 pandemic”. Kohei Sakata, the representative of Bayer Group, also offered a series of solutions to promote the digital transformation process.
Accordingly, to connect partners in the value chain, Bayer establishes interoperability across many applications and digital farming platforms. Instead of collecting data from one company or system, Bayer develops a solution that allows data sharing for advanced analysis, while ensuring the privacy and security of information for both farmers and agencies. manage.
This leading agricultural enterprise also builds human-centered solutions, develops customer experience, and completes digital applications for smallholder farmers. According to Mr. Kohei Sakata, Bayer is seeking and establishing relationships with partners to solve farmers’ difficulties.
“We will further expand our partnerships with stakeholders in the value chain ecosystem to achieve our sustainable commitment to support 100 million smallholder farmers by 2030,” said Kohei Sakata. good.
In Asia, Bayer launches FarmRise digital consulting tool right on smartphones, supporting Indian farmers in the process of growing maize and vegetables. In China, crop protection applications with drones are ready to be widely commercialized. Bayer is also promoting technology innovation with business partners and hopes to deploy in Vietnam in the future.
In Vietnam, Bayer has determined to accompany the Government to develop sustainable agriculture. The Group is committed to promoting the digital economy in rural areas in Vietnam, for small farmers, contributing to the sustainable development of the agricultural industry.
With the hope of supporting Vietnamese farmers to overcome difficulties caused by climate change, Covid-19 and promote sustainable agricultural production, Bayer Vietnam has developed various digital projects such as MyAgrolink, Airfarm.
In particular, MyAgrolink is an online application that connects farmers with reputable agricultural service providers. The application helps users save time, easily connect, increase productivity, increase product competitiveness. Bayer expects myAgrolink to bring 4 benefits to those operating in the agricultural industry, including time saving, easy connection, increased productivity, and increased product competitiveness.
And Airfarm is a digital farming platform connecting the agricultural value chain, helping farmers and businesses improve crop quality through drone spraying or analysis and prediction services. Airfarm also offers a wide range of products and services such as online training, farm management software, digital consulting and marketplaces.
According to Mr. Kohei Sakata, Bayer representative, technology products, practices and partnerships make an important contribution to the development of the agricultural industry and farmers’ livelihoods. Along with that is reducing the environmental impact of agriculture, increasing productivity and efficiency for farmers.
As one of the world’s leading innovative agricultural solutions companies, Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainability. “By connecting digitally with new data sets, we provide the best support solution for farmers, from planting to harvesting,” said a Bayer representative.
Ha Thanh (Photo: Thanh Tung)