SIMA is calling on future graduates of French and international engineering schools, to propose their vision of the agriculture of the future. This vision will be presented at the show in the Innovation First Gallery Hall 6 and will contribute more broadly to our theme Being a Farmer in ten years' time.
School projects will present the result of the thinking of students from 12 schools from 7 countries: Brazil, United States, Norway, Spain, France, Germany and Holland.
Schools have to choose between 4 projects :
- Project n°1 : Farming jobs in a digital age
Digital, and the huge volumes of data generated as a result, will have a significant impact on types of job skills in agricultural organisations. Farmers will become “data producers”: the profession of farmer will inevitably change.
How will farming sector jobs evolve? How will the sector adapt its structure? What changes will we see in relations between organisations and actors in the farming world? How can we guarantee regular training in the new technologies which are becoming more present in our work environment?
- Project n°2 : Robotics : tomorrow, a driverless tractor?
Robotics first made an entrance into the farming world in the area of livestock rearing, and it is steadily developing in other areas. This growth is accelerating, and robots may even replace tractors and agricultural machinery as we know them today.
But will these robots be tasked with all of the operations related to crop farming? How might they coexist alongside more traditional forms of mechanization? How can they be managed from a logistical viewpoint? In 10 years, what will be the organisational shape of farm mechanisation and robotisation?
- Project n°3 : The search for a new economic model
Market globalisation and price volatility have driven many farmers to pursue new avenues: quality-driven production with indication of origin, organic farming, on-site processing, direct selling, etc. At the same time, the concept of “ecological economics” is attracting an increasing amount of media attention. Considered by some as a way of meeting the challenges of resource renewability and adapting to climate change, it is strongly opposed by others.
What will be the economic models in years to come, or what possible models could be considered?
- Project n°4 : Genomics : plant and animal breeding in a Big Data era
The development of agriculture is closely correlated to progress in genetics, both in plant breeding and in livestock selection. The emergence of new tools used in genomics and phenotyping has helped us to improve our finer knowledge of the genome, enabling substantial time savings in selection programmes and in diversifying the profiles selected. But other approaches, more focussed on Big Data, could also turn out to be the tools of tomorrow!