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Six out of ten Walloon farmers use digital tools - Companies

Six out of ten Walloon farmers use digital tools – Companies

Online accounting, autonomous machines, weather applications, connected sensors… The digital transformation of the agricultural world is underway.

Six out of 10 farmers now use digital tools as part of their professional activities, mainly in the office (60%) and in the field via connected GPS or rain gauges in particular (29%), according to the CBC observatory “The Walloon agricultural world and its challenges” presented on Monday, from the Mélotte farm in Lathuy (Walloon Brabant). Should we see this as a lifeline to face energy, climate and environmental challenges? Many think so.

The study “The Walloon agricultural world and its challenges” was carried out by the Ipsos research office in July 2022, with a sample of 300 Walloon farmers.

Many of them say they use digital technology, mainly, to carry out financial and banking transactions, complete administrative formalities and seek information.

“Personally, I use the internet and software to pay my bills. My data for the CAP (common agricultural policy) is also entered online and I use the Ariane system to manage my herd of cows”, illustrates Philippe Mélotte. , owner of the eponymous farm, which recently expanded its activity (cows and hens) to the manufacture of artisanal pasta.

Barriers to the use of digital tools

However, other farmer colleagues are still struggling to take the digital leap, citing cost (54%), complexity (48%) and available time (39%) as barriers to using digital tools.

“Our observatory confirms a trend which is a reality in Wallonia, namely that the Walloon agricultural population is relatively old. 73% of farmers are between 45 and 75 years old, which partly explains a certain delay or lack of interest in the digital world”, analyzes Bernard Keppenne, Chief Economist at CBC.

However, the study reveals that farmers, followers of new technologies, see a positive impact in terms of the sustainability of their farm on 3 pillars: environmental (43%), economic (32%) and social (10%). “If the environmental aspect is acclaimed, the positive impact in economic terms is visible in terms of cost reduction (55%) and cost price measurement (47%). In terms of social sustainability, it is It is above all a question of optimizing the equipment to facilitate work and exchanges with colleagues”, explains B. Keppenne.

In addition, seven out of 10 farmers who use digital tools believe that new technologies will help them reduce their ecological footprint. “This positive impact will be at the level of a reduction in the consumption of inputs (62%), the optimization of equipment for animal welfare (55%) and the reduction of their energy dependence (54%) “, punctuates the observatory.

Six out of 10 farmers now use digital tools as part of their professional activities, mainly in the office (60%) and in the field via connected GPS or rain gauges in particular (29%), according to the CBC observatory “The Walloon agricultural world and its challenges” presented on Monday, from the Mélotte farm in Lathuy (Walloon Brabant). Should we see this as a lifeline to face energy, climate and environmental challenges? Many think so. The study “The Walloon agricultural world and its challenges” was carried out by the Ipsos research office in July 2022, with a sample of 300 Walloon farmers. Many of them say they use digital technology, mainly, to carry out financial and banking transactions, complete administrative formalities and seek information. “Personally, I use the internet and software to pay my bills. My data for the CAP (common agricultural policy) is also entered online and I use the Ariane system to manage my herd of cows”, illustrates Philippe Mélotte. , owner of the eponymous farm, who recently expanded his activity (cows and hens) to the manufacture of artisanal pasta. complexity (48%) and the time available (39%) as obstacles to the use of digital tools. “Our observatory confirms a trend which is a reality in Wallonia, namely that the Walloon agricultural population is relatively old. 73% of farmers are between 45 and 75 years old, which partly explains a certain delay or lack of interest in the world of digital”, analyzes Bernard Keppenne, Chief Economist at CBC. However, the study reveals that farmers, followers of new technologies, see a positive impact in terms of the sustainability of their farm on 3 pillars: environmental (43%), economic (32%) and social (10%). “If the environmental aspect is acclaimed, the positive impact in economic terms is visible in terms of cost reduction (55%) and cost price measurement (47%). In terms of social sustainability, it is It is above all a question of optimizing the equipment to facilitate work and exchanges with colleagues”, explains B. Keppenne. In addition, seven out of 10 farmers who use digital tools believe that new technologies will help them reduce their ecological footprint. “This positive impact will be at the level of a reduction in the consumption of inputs (62%), the optimization of equipment for animal welfare (55%) and the reduction of their energy dependence (54%) “, punctuates the observatory.

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