E-Agriculture: New lawless farming frontier?



The ongoing transformation of agriculture to E-agriculture, which uses data, information and ICTs (Information and Communications Technologies) much more intensely in farming, has undoubtedly brought about new opportunities for farmers. But should we not be cautious that the rights of farmers are not tread upon in this new terrain?

Many proponents of e-agriculture claim that data from their farms and farming is the new golden harvest for farmers. E-agriculture at the farm level brings a new degree of precision and, in turn, efficiency to farming by using data gathered from sensors, machinery, automated weather stations, remote sensing and photometry by drones, aircraft and satellites and that collected and collated by farmers. This data about processes carried out on farms and the information gleaned from this data can be used further for transporting, packaging, storing and marketing of all farm produce. This makes not only farming but entire agricultural market and…

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Author: Sridhar Gutam

Plant Physiologist and Open Access evangelist

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