As the discussion participants noted, the digitalization of the agricultural sector will make it possible to minimize risks, adapt to climate change, and increase crop yields. At present, the implementation of Industry 4.0 solutions in the agricultural industry is aimed at reducing production costs and improving quality, as well as increasing the efficiency of resource utilization.
According to Igor Bevzuk, digital technologies for the agro-industrial complex (AIC) are not efficient enough. The share of enterprises that use the Internet of things (IoT), precision agriculture, and smart greenhouses is about 1%. In addition, agro-technological projects often solve narrow pinpoint tasks within a single enterprise, rather than a region.
"It's not enough to just develop high-tech tools, one has to know how to competently integrate them. To achieve the main goal – the creation of a digital ecosystem, we need large-scale integration," said Igor Bevzuk. "For example, we are now working on the digitalization of agricultural insurance in India. It's only possible to solve the problems associated with the assessment of risks, losses, with the time required for the investigation of insured events by using a systemic approach. Therefore, we have connected artificial intelligence, and created a single system that is able to collect and analyze data, calculate the risks of crop loss and make a forecast with an accuracy of up to 90%."
The speaker added that a similar approach is necessary for the effective digitalization of Russia's agricultural industry – this work is being carried out by Ctrl2GO along with the Ministry of Agriculture. The group is working on an information platform to provide high-tech services for farmers and agricultural enterprises that will be integrated with the systems of banking sector, insurance companies, scientific organizations, as well as with the Ministry of Agriculture's central information and analytics system. Enterprises will be able to interact with each other, with state authorities, receive online services from banks, insurers, and legal agencies, as well as to search for suppliers.
"We will have an effective tool for the development of farms and enterprises that will also be able to receive various data, consulting services through the platform," said the CEO of 2050.digital. "The platform will solve the problem of communication between the local authorities and the agricultural business. And financial institutions will find some new opportunities for the creation and improvement of their products for the agricultural sector."
Igor Bevzuk stressed that Ctrl2GO's information platform will be of an open type: after the Ministry of Agriculture completes its expert evaluation, the new solutions from the developers of "digits" for the agricultural sector can be integrated into it.
The "Agriculture: Digital Reality" session was also attended by: Alexandr Arkhipov, Director, Department of Digital Development and Management of State Information Resources of the Agro-Industrial Complex, Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation; Maxim Nikitochkin, head of EY Strategic and Operational Consulting Group; Alexandr Sled, head of Expert Center of SAP CIS; Roman Shulginov, Vice President for Industry Decisions, PJSC Rostelecom; Sergey Shokorov, Operations Director, Sberbank of Russia; and other experts.