In addition to relying on their experience, farmers in the village of Mokrin in Vojvodina now have a new digital tool they can rely on – 25 of them will use digital tools in their farming activities under the auspices of the Digital Village pilot project that is being implemented in Serbia.
Mokrin, the first digital village in Serbia, is actually a place from which the idea of connecting high technology and agriculture should spread throughout Serbia. The BioSense Institute, Mokrin House and the Delta Company have launched the three-year-long Digital Village (Digitalno Selo) project, which initially includes 25 farms in Northern Banat.
Ten measuring stations were set up in Mokrin and farmers were trained on how to extract accurate data from them that can be used in agricultural production, how to use other digital tools, and how to network with each other.
Ten weather stations have also been set up in Mokrin that will supply the farmers with detailed weather information. Using the Agrosens app will provide them with additional assistance in the field.
The idea is to use digital technologies to improve agricultural production in Serbia, that is, to raise the quality of life in the countryside. “This is a pilot project and the estimated implementation is three years, but I think we will expand it to other villages before it ends. We expect that the use of digital technologies will become an everyday occurrence, that mobile phones and tablets will become regular tools used in agriculture, like tractors or other agricultural machinery,” Vladimir Crnojevic, director of the BioSense Institute, has said.
“Without the inclusion of high technology in agriculture, we cannot expect young people to stay or return to the countryside,” says Branimir Brkljac, the creator of the Mokrin House, another pilot project that brought digital nomads from around the world to live in a village in Banat.
“This is not just about increasing yields and overall agricultural production. The idea is to increase the quality of life, to get ready for the future,” said Branimir Brkljac. Without this step, the future, he says, does not look bright, as data presented by the promoters of the Digital Village project show that out of 4,700 villages in Serbia, 1,200 will disappear in the next 15 years.
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