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Edition June 2015 - Crédit Agricole S.A.
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  • Edition June 2015

    PRISME - Crédit Agricole Agriculture and Agri-food economic bulletin

    Oil's recent fall, much more brutal than that of most other commodities, shows the extent to which the correlation between oil and agricultural prices has weakened. Energy is one of main variable costs of agricultural production, but its economic impact remains indirect, and varies depending on crops, regions and years. Agrofuels now play a reduced role because their consumption has stabilised and is governed primarily by regulatory framework.

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  • Content:

    - Key
    - Grains
    - Focus: oilseed and protein crops
    - Focus: wheat
    - Drones

  • Extract:

    The use of unmanned or semi-autonomous aircraft in agriculture is nothing new. Some are used for spraying. In France they are used mainly for surveying and data collection. The emergence of a new generation of cheaper drones that are easier to operate now offers fresh perspectives for application in precision agriculture. Out of the 1,380 civilian drone operators in France, almost 270 are service companies specialising in agricultural applications, making French agriculture a pioneer in the use of such equipment, thanks in particular to the planned implementation of a regulatory framework clarifying the rules of their use. Although we are still in the early stages of the development of drone-based agronomic services, and costs and satellite competition remain high, this market looks promising and is set to enter a phase in which the offer will be structured and developed.

  • Associative topics : Africa and Middle East | Agriculture and Agrifood | Asia and Oceania | Europe | North America


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