“Digital technology is part of the natural evolution of agriculture and breeding”
3 questions to Dominique Davy, representative of Acta (Technical Agricultural Institutes) to the Board of Agdatahub, administrator of Idele (Breeding Institute), vice-president of Seenovia (breeding consultancy company) and president of France Conseil Elevage (National Federation of Breeding Consultancy Companies):
What is the place of digital and data in a breeder’s daily life?
It is necessary to collect and format all data on breeding and crop production: digital technology is part of the natural evolution of agriculture and breeding. Today, it takes three people to manage a farm that required the work of five or six couples just 50 years ago. For example, the use of GPS data is extremely important because it allows us to limit the number of passes and save time. On the farm, via the milking robot or other sensors, a maximum amount of useful data is stored.
Acta is at the origin of the agricultural data research project that led to the creation of the API-Agro data exchange platform, now operated by Agdatahub. How does this fit in with the strategy of the technical institutes?
It was obvious for the Technical Agricultural Institutes to take the lead in carrying out a project that could be of use to all farmers and breeders. Today, data collection is reliable and storage is secure. The API-Agro platform is a space where data can be transmitted, exchanged and therefore exchanged. With good traceability, one will have access to all the data to follow the animal from its birth to the consumer’s table. The care given, the medicines given: everything is recorded.
As an Angevin breeder equipped with connected tools, what is your view on the subject of consent for the use of your agricultural data?
Today, farm data is collected, used and re-entered by the breeder who passes it on to his advisor, inseminator, etc. He needs his data to circulate without being re-entered, via a system of exchange and management of consents. In other words, different organizations must have access to it and be able to work with it. Farmers want the service to be provided according to what they pay for. If the farmer incurs expenses to collect data and if an organization benefits from this for its own activity, it is normal that the farmer should receive a benefit in return.
Every farmer or breeder wants to know where his data is going and what it is going to be used for. The consent solutions soon to be marketed by Agdatahub must allow for the controlled use of agricultural data, in conjunction with all the technological players on the market.