Agricultural Sectors

The heart of the EU’s economy

The SmartAgriHubs project involves digitisation efforts in 5 agri-food sectors: Arable farming, livestock, vegetable, fruits and aquaculture. These sectors all play a vital role in both the EU’s economy and the diets of its citizens.

At the same time, all these sectors face similar challenges on a daily basis, in addition to the ambition to become more sustainable. On this page, you can find an overview of all sectors in the SmartAgriHubs project, the challenges they face, and the role digitisation can play in both overcoming these challenges whilst at the same time also making European agriculture more sustainable.

Animal Production

Animal production has far-reaching environmental, economic and social consequences. Being such a significant part of the EU’s economy and its citizens’ diets, the sector bears great responsibility. Increasing its sustainability requires a systemic approach which relies on technology to consider all angles.

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European Aquaculture offers an equally healthy alternative source of fish to wild fish, whilst at the same time helping preserve the integrity of the underwater environment. Digital technology helps bolster these advantages.

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Staple foods form the basis of the daily meals of many Europeans. However, the arable sector faces many challenges such as feeding a growing global population, adapting to an ever-fluctuating market and the need to reduce CO2 emissions and minimise environmental costs. Technology will allow this sector to meet these challenges head on.

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The world-wide demand for safe and responsibly produced dairy is increasing. To reduce the environmental impact, diminish resource use and increase animal welfare, while at the same time intensifying productivity, Precision Livestock Farming is key.

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Europe is home to a rich variety of fruits produced across all regions. However, like other agricultural sectors there are challenges which need to be overcome: a fluctuating market, growing demand, adverse weather conditions and the use of pesticides.

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Novel Foods

Novel Foods are foods which have not been widely consumed by people in the EU before May 1997. They are produced using methods that have previously not been used or by means of new technologies, granted their consumption is scientifically proven to be safe.

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Vegetables are a primary ingredient for most European dishes and a matter of pride for producers. Yet, vegetable supply chains face a plethora of challenges ranging from the need to reduce chemical inputs, to fluctuating weather patterns. By applying technological innovations, the European vegetable sector can overcome such challenges.

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