PR - A DECISION SUPPORT MODEL FOR THE ADOPTION OF PRECISION AGRICULTURE PRACTICES
The main objective of the study is to investigate the impact of Precision Agriculture practices on the margin and risk of a farming enterprise and the combination of enterprises as a whole- farm business in comparison to Conventional Farming. The procedures that were used to achieve the objective firstly included the scanning of the fields with the Gamma-ray spectrometer for identification of different management zone according to the variation in the physical soil properties and secondly the development of a decision support model namely the SPARÉ Model to investigate the impact of precision agriculture practices on the margin and risk of a farming enterprise and the combination of enterprises as a whole-farm business. The results of the study indicated that precision agriculture can be used strategically to reduce cost and increase productivity, thus increasing profitability.
Keywords: Precision Agriculture, Decision Support Model, Management zone identification