Digitalisation

Whether in rural development, agriculture, forestry or the food industry – the possibilities provided by digital technologies are being used intensively throughout Germany: the introduction of digital technologies already contributes to producing food more sustainably, preventing emissions, improving animal welfare and keeping rural areas attractive.

Looking ahead, drones, clouds and other innovations promise many new visions and opportunities. But how can we make the best possible use of these opportunities? How can the risks related to the digital transformation be controlled? We need to find sustainable answers to data protection, data security and data sovereignty issues. This places heavy demands on politics and society.

The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture is taking this into account. In 2018, the Ministry created a new Directorate, under the expert leadership of Professor Engel Hessel of the Thünen Institute, that was dedicated specifically to the subject of “digital innovations”. In addition, every Directorate-General of the Ministry has a designated Digitalisation Officer. They help to better dovetail the different digitalisation projects with the objectives of the Ministry.

What is currently on the agenda? Learn more about the many projects and topics at the BMEL that are linked to the digital transformation.

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Overview of topics

Eight digital trial fields launched

On Wednesday at the International Green Week in Berlin, Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner confirmed the funding of two more digital trial fields on agricultural holdings and in rural areas. The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) has earmarked funds of more than EUR 50 million over the next three years.

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Digitalisation in agriculture

The biggest gains from digitalisation in agriculture are expected to come from potentially making productivity more sustainable and from reductions in working hours and workload. This will result in reductions in the use of fertilisers, plant protection products and energy and improvements in animal welfare.

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Universal broadband coverage – also in rural areas

Efficient digital infrastructure is increasingly becoming a determining factor in whether areas, particularly rural areas, will prosper in the future.

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The “Smarte LandRegionen” model project - BMEL supports digital solutions for rural areas

Under the “Smarte LandRegionen” (smart rural regions) model project, the BMEL is supporting up to seven individual rural districts in developing and implementing digital solutions in rural regions.

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Land.Digital: 61 innovative projects receive funding

With the “Land.Digital” support scheme, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) supports the digital transformation in rural areas and disseminates model practical concepts under the umbrella of the Federal Rural Development Scheme (BULE) throughout Germany.

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