Precision Agriculture (Smart Rice Pilot) Farm of Rice Research Institute of Iran (RRII) was visited by Deputy of Science, Engineering and Agriculture f Azad Islamic University (IAU), Dr. Ulamaei, and accompanying delegations
With the impact of online data being felt by farmers across the world, the need for online monitoring of paddy fields’ agro-climatic and soil data has become an increasing issue. Using interoperable remote-control systems and robust management systems, inputs from both soil sensors and meteorological stations, as well as satellite images, will optimize the paddy fields management systems.
The use of real-time monitoring is based on informed decisions from farms by smart systems. The implementation of a smart monitoring package will facilitate the exploitation and maintenance of paddy field management operations achieving greater efficiencies in water and input savings. In line with programs of Jahad Agriculture Ministry using the internet of things and smartening of rice paddy fields, the first Precision Agriculture (Smart Rice Pilot) Farm of Rice was established in 1998 by the Rice Research Institute of Iran using local knowledge and experts.
Canopy, weather and soil sensors installed in farms, together with estimations based on calculation algorithms for data collected from three years of monitoring will be the basis for platform integration and decision support for rice pilot farm management. This enables efficient collaboration and information exchange in a short local chain of pioneer farmers.
Dr. Hossieni, director-general of Rice Research Institute of Iran pointed out: The Minister of Jahad Agriculture in his message for using fundamental of precision agriculture emphasized that all research institutes and centers must explore the maximum potential power of local knowledge to increase smart based data and transfer the results of them to farmers’ field. The Rice Research Institute of Iran was one of the first research institutes to respond to the message of the Minster in case of establishing, using, and transferring results of analyzed data, and collaboration with other academic organizations such as Islamic Azad University.
Accordingly, Precision Agriculture (Smart Rice Pilot) Farm of Rice Research Institute of Iran was visited by Deputy of Science, Engineering and Agriculture f Azad Islamic University, Dr. Ulamaei, president of Azad Islamic University (Rasht branch), Dr. Doostdar, and accompanying delegation. In this visit and its following meeting, both sides emphasized collaborations through research to solve agricultural sector (particularly rice) problems.