“The electronic herd”: Information technologies in agriculture

11.10.2016 “The electronic herd”: Information technologies in agriculture

Over half a century agriculture in Russia has been almost stagnating. Closed nature of the industry has led to the fact that investments were made reluctantly and rarely, which only exacerbated the problem. Many Russian agricultural enterprises are still using outdated problem-solving techniques without using the Internet.

Therefore, it’s difficult to forecast the revenues of an agricultural enterprise, whether the investments will pay off in Russia, etc. Uncertain prospects put off potential investors that could facilitate the implementation of information technologies in this sphere.

According to Marat Dusaev, co-author of “The electronic herd” project, state-of-the-art information technologies should be used to deliver comprehensive information not only regarding the composition and energy value of agricultural products, but also regarding the production date, origin of primary products, use or non-use of GMO when breeding animals, to what extent the product is ecologically friendly.

The main idea of the project

The electronic herd” project implies the use of chips that provide all possible information, important for farmers. They are produced in Russia from biocompatible glass and fixed on animals. Thanks to the chip, buyers get all data about the animal from the moment the chip was attached to it. Data can be sent to the Ministry of Agriculture instead of preparing and filing all the paperwork.

Data from each chip can be forwarded to the corporate email. Every participant of the process receives notifications regarding what tasks have been planned for him and for what date, and the management monitors the information on fulfilled tasks and makes conclusions.

Application informs how much milk, meat, etc. was produced, which helps to calculate further actions and expenditures.

This project is still being tested on a farm with 3.2 thousand of horned cattle. Currently, round 24 thousand of cows were chipped. It will be possible to evaluate the project performance in late October – early November. 

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