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What is integrated Agriculture production?

by | Feb 1, 2019 |

The International Organisation of Biological Control (IOBC) describes Integrated Farming according to the UNI 11233-2009 European standard as a farming system where high quality organic food, feed, fibre and renewable energy are produced by using resources such as soil, water, air and nature as well as regulating factors to farm sustainably and with as little polluting inputs as possible.

Where is the focus?

Particular emphasis is placed on an integrated organic management approach looking at the whole Bio farm as cross-linked unit, on the fundamental role and function of agro-ecosystems, on nutrient cycles which are balanced and adapted to the demand of the crops, and on health and welfare of all livestock on the farm.
Preserving and enhancing soil fertility, maintaining and improving a diverse environment and the adherence to ethical and social criteria are indispensable basic elements. Crop protection takes into account all biological, technical and chemical methods which then are balanced carefully and with the objective to protect the environment, to maintain profitability of the business and fulfil social requirements.

Foundations of Integrated Agricultural Production

Sustainable System

Good practice, health food safety, maintenance of ecosystems – attention to detail

Continuous improvement

Evaluating results and setting goals, learning and introducing new technologies

Resource Management

Limited and valuable resources depend on our management. Correct process setup.

Traceability and Food Safety

Proper tracking of traceability and protection of everyone involved in the chain. Bar code, NFC chips, RFID chips.

With new era of digitalization and implementation of ICT (information and communication Technologies), all through the concept of the 4th Industrial Revolution, food production factories are becoming smart factories, and Framers and Agriculture Companies have to follow this path since they are at the beginning of food chain production.

Event Horizon approach to developing applications for integrated production

According to the vision of EISA (European Initiative for Sustainable Development in Agriculture) or European Initiatives for Sustainable Agriculture Development, Event Horizon is focused on merging knowledge from advanced software and hardware technology and knowledge from modern agricultural production to deliver simple and effective system for monitoring agriculture and farm production according to the standard.

How do we achieve goals in integrated agricultural production?

With right approach to management and planning, Integrated Agricultural Production involves regularly assessing goals, that are set. Result is therefore clearly depended on farmers’ awareness of their own performance.

By regularly comparing their performance, farmers become aware of achievements and disadvantages and paying close attention to the details, which can continually help on improving the overall agricultural economy.

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Integrated traceability systems

An integrated production chain control system should identify and record all materials and ingredients, production processes, and final results involved in the production process. The benefits of a successful traceability system include:

1. Better Data Collection and Reporting

The Big Data Concept – mass data through new filtering technology and creating special reports gives us the ability to make decisions easier and set goals.

2. Supply chain enhancement

Traceability and automated systems that provide insight into real-time inventory allow us to reduce logistics costs, reduce risk of errors, and ultimately improve supply chains.

3. Better inventory control and lower input costs

Smart warehouse and business concept through the IT system, enables us to record processes in real time, with data availability in cloud, or from any location. The notification module warns us when a certain quantity material is at a minimum critical limit or when it is at the maximum limit that is determined to use the warehouse through the optimum size.

4. Greater yields, less needed labor force

Through traceability automation, jobs can be reorganized and reduced costs. Greater yields are achieved through better decisions based on the analytic of agricultural production.

Event Horizon has developed a system that effectively monitors all phases of integrated agricultural production tracking, enabling users to quickly, easily and effectively track all phases. How does traceability look through the Event Horizon system? Read more on our blog  “Tracealbility in food industry”

Traceability and new technology

New technologies are constantly being developed that improve ways of connecting identification systems, such as animal tattoos or RFID chips. Such technologies can aggregate and sort identifiers at any step in the system, and be interrelated with other product data collected such as temperature, quality parameters, or stock control.

Effective traceability relies on technology integration, data synchronization, detailed information gathering, delivery of items information when needed, the use of appropriate practices at every step, and the use of traceability at all times.

Event Horizon Farm BI software solution, facilitates all above mentioned steps in the integrated agricultural production process. Solution is recognized as a system that efficiently eases business, reduces inventory time, records, enable access to accurate business information, reduces errors, alarms users about possible manufacturing or procurement failures, and overall raises business level.

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