Without a doubt, the agriculture industry is becoming more and more important than ever the next few decades. As the result of the worldwide farming is encountering risks like natural disaster, global warming is one of the reasons to blame. Taiwan is also suffering from it.
With an increase of extreme weather like hotter summers and unpredictable rainfalls, it’s difficult for farmers to make accurate forecasts. In addition, Taiwan’s rural population is aging fast, and younger generations aren’t enthusiastic about taking up farming. (Read more: In Taiwan, Even Farming Needs To Be High-Tech)
Taiwan has been an agricultural research and development leader since the 1960’s. Not only being famous for its technology but also for cultivating the best fruits in the world, such as mango, custard apple, wax apple, durian, litchi and so on. Since fruits cannot be bringing back to your country as souvenir, we would recommend you have a Taiwan food tour while you are exploring this beautiful island – Ilha Formosa.
Agriculture is increasingly becoming a lot more like manufacturing. Chairman of the Executive Yuan’s Council of Agriculture (CoA), Lin Tsung-hsien has been actively promoting innovative new agriculture policies since 2016. “Smart Agriculture 4.0” is one of the most important plan, developing smart production and digital service in Taiwan’s agriculture sector to boost Taiwan’s food production self-sufficiency, agricultural exports and opportunities in emerging markets. (Read more: Smart Agriculture 4.0 plan kicks off – Boost the value of Taiwan’s agriculture industry)
Speaking of tech-based smart farming, no other place in the world is as ready as Taiwan for this transformation. Whether it is indoors in multi-story hydroponic farms, small-sized plots of land, underground cultivation, or large-scale warehoused plantations, the use of solar power, drones, IoT, semiconductors, and software can be seen across the island. (Read more: In the Face of a Global Farming Crisis, Taiwan’s Tano Security is Helping to Solve the World Bank’s Agriculture Challenges)
|IoT Sensors||Taiwan has been dubbed the “the engine room of the internet of things,” due to the large number of semiconductors found mainly in the Science Park in Hsinchu. Today, Taiwan produces 25% of the world’s semiconductors.|
|LED’s||Taiwan has the second largest LED industry in the world. The rise in indoor farming is being driven by advances in LED technology. Indoor farming is particularly demanding of LED precision because of the requirements to provide optimal growth and yields.|
|Robotics||Taiwan is one of the global front-runners in robotics, with a goal to turn it into one of its core competencies in the next twenty years.|
|Solar Cells||As the world’s single largest producer of solar cells, Taiwanese companies can provide the energy resources of large-scale agriculture projects.|
|Drones||10% of the world’s commercial drones are made in Taiwan, and this industry is predicted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 10% until 2025.|
|Indoor Farming/Aquaponics/Hydroponics||Making use of a wealth of experience and resources in LED lighting, some OEM companies have sprung up offering full solutions for indoor farming/aquaponics and hydroponics.|
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“Smart agriculture” improves crop productivity and addresses agriculture-specific issues like food demand, land management, and resource depletion. Because of this, the Taiwanese government is currently raising its investments in Agriculture 4.0 with a pledge of up to $300 million by 2020. (Read more: Agriculture IoT Solutions and Cloud Connectivity & Taiwan cultivates the future of smart agriculture)
Smart agriculture relies on IoT (Internet of Things)-connected devices to make farms more efficient, effective and intelligent. And to meet a growing food demand amongst extreme weather and environmental interference, the agriculture industry needs to be connected with IoT in order to succeed. (Read more: What Innovation The Internet Of Things (IoT) Brought To The Agricultural Sector?)
In Taiwan, drones are being commercially developed to cover numerous fields such as information and communication technology, aerospace and agriculture. Drones can patrol fields, inspect damage caused by weather or pests, and spray fertilizer and pesticides, saving lots of manpower and pesticides. (Read more: Taiwan drones to give boost to smart agriculture & Smart Agriculture – Farming Goes High Tech)