Where are the e-tools to modernise the CAP?

Analysts stress the need for a quicker adoption of new technologies in the sector, warning that otherwise the EU will be left behind. [Valentin Valkov/Shutterstock]

The European Commission presented last June its proposals about the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

EU farmers and the environmental community reacted strongly and criticised the executive for cutting the budget, giving member states too much leeway and fudging environmental and climate issues.

In recent years, the Commission has insisted that the EU agriculture sector should take the “digital leap” and enter the precision farming era in order to produce more with less and achieve a better environmental performance.

Critics suggest that the Commission’s proposals do not reflect the ambition that has been cultivated so far about precision or smart farming and call on EU policymakers to take concrete steps.

In light of the rising global competition, analysts stress the need for a quicker adoption of new technologies in the sector, warning that otherwise the EU will be left behind.

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