Food and Agribusiness

Smart farming to push agricultural exports

The use of advanced technology such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, and ‘Internet of Things’ will enhance the productivity and quality of crops. These technical solutions, which include drones and robotics, are transforming the agriculture value chain into smart farming.

According to the 2020 Agriculture Factbook recently published by the Investment Development Authority in Lebanon (IDAL), Agriculture has the potential to become an export-oriented sector once automated systems and new technologies are adopted by local farmers. The report also identified a list of agricultural products with untapped potential, along with their respective unexploited markets. Top prospective export-oriented products include apples, wheat and meslin flour, cabbage, lettuce, peaches, nectarines, pears, and quinces. The country also has the highest proportion of agricultural land in the Middle East with 64 percent of total land area in 2017, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).