8.1 The need of Industry 4.0 in the Agriculture sector

Digitalisation of agriculture

Regular machines (such as tractors) in agriculture are being converted to Industry 4.0 machines, meaning that they will become self-aware and self-learning, so as to enhance the overall performance and maintenance management of agriculture.
The main needs of Industry 4.0 in agriculture sectors aim to construct an open, smart manufacturing platform for real time data monitoring, by tracking the status and positions of a product as well as to consist of the instructions to supervise farming processes.


As mentioned previously automation is an important factor and a necessity for the transformation of agriculture. It will increase productivity by reducing the need for human workforce. By reducing the workforce on the line, the workforce will have to be trained to maintain and work on the machines thus reducing costs and increase profits.

Industry 4.0 allows companies to combine productivity and speed to respond to the market faster by making their systems more productive and competitive. However, companies who choose not to follow this emerging trend, risk being excluded from a worldwide competition. Agriculture 4.0 will make it possible to accomplish smart farms through new technologies. Nevertheless, the acceptance of these technologies by individual farmers depends on other additional factors, such as usability and the identification of best practices.

Both agricultural and farmer-centred approaches are needed for this. This way, the concept of smart farming will be made sustainable for the future. In the mindset of farmers, the importance of change and development is vital to stimulate an effective and sustainable production system that will last in the future. Instead, these ideas are the basis of a competitive industry.


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