Access to high-speed broadband to most rural areas will allow farmers to develop better and faster decision-making, according to Teagasc.
It said high-speed broadband makes it easier for farmers to interact, particularly in terms of farm maps, with Department of Agriculture scheme systems.
The new technology also allow for greater opportunities for ecommerce both in terms of purchasing and selling.
“This is an area of growing importance internationally,” said Teagasc. “Having high speed broadband in rural Ireland will enable Irish family farms to embrace and catch up with these Smart agriculture-based technologies.
“They will also enable commercial opportunities for agri-tech companies to develop new products and tools, with the potential to sell both into the Irish market and overseas.”
Teagasc made the comments when it welcomed Department of Communications proposals in Connecting Communities, the National Broadband Plan to extend high speed broadband to most rural areas.
Connecting Communities says 96% of the land mass, covering 1.8m citizens outside of the towns and cities, would be covered if the Government sanctions the plan. This would mean that 94% of farms would have access to high-speed broadband.
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