Precision Farming: Concluding Remarks

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Precision farming is goal oriented and hinges on the advent of information technology, affordability of key technologies such as GPS, sensors and yield monitors, agronomic knowledge of the crop and management strategy and system. Its applicability for oil palm plantations also depends on the success of mechanisation of most field operations e.g. fertilisation, harvesting and collection, and the attitude and readiness of management to change.

Precision farming is a cropping system and therefore, we should not be too preoccupied with the technology but to listen to the management’s needs and devise, improve and match resources and agricultural practices with the soil and crop requirements for efficiency and high productivity. Precision farming also requires better and more progressive managers to implement and ensure its success.