Multispectral camera takes small-scale farms into the digital age
Small-scale farms, which make up two thirds of EU agriculture, need to adopt digital technology to carry out more efficient and resource-friendly sustainable practices. However, the current uptake of this technology is relatively low, mainly due to the high initial cost of the necessary equipment. The EU-funded MCAPEFA project will enable small farms to access digital technology by developing a low-cost multispectral camera that can be mounted on a drone, allowing several farms to be monitored during a single growing season. The data acquired will be used to classify the condition of plants, and a designed decision support system will suggest appropriate agricultural activity in the field. Hence, MCAPEFA will help provide infrastructure for the wider adoption of precision farming to maximise quality and yields.