Year 2018, Volume 3, Issue 3

Year : 2018
Volume : 3
Issue : 3
Authors : Denis PASTORY RUBANGA, Katsumori HATANAKA, Sawahiko SHIMADA
Abstract : There is a need for high cutting-edge technological ICT application in agriculture in order to embark on the current decline in agriculture labor force in Japan. However, few small-scale farmers are able or willing to risk significant capital on sensing technologies. There is a challenge in horticultural greenhouse farming to provide a well-controlled microclimate environment to meet well-developed crops with high yield and quality crop production while using fewer resources. In this study, a cost-effective simplified smart agriculture system was developed and deployed in small-scale tomato greenhouse farming in Nara, Japan. The system real-time information capability is used for monitoring crop environment for proper crop management. A spatiotemporal analysis was done to assess variations and understand the underlying microclimate conditions in the partitioned tomato greenhouse (blocks). Crop production is done all year around (An average of 2.5 times cropping cycle per one greenhouse block). Spatiotemporal analysis and statistical analysis results show well-defined micro-climate control strategies that could relatively be used in greenhouse facility management to enhance crop cultivation while using less energy resource that is relatively cost-effective. The reliability of the system data makes it efficient and consequently it could be used for accurate crop production planning, improvement in cultivation management and support in decision-making regarding cultivation activities.
For citation : Pastory Rubanga, D., Hatanaka, K., Shimada, S. (2018). Spatiotemporal analysis of small scale greenhouse microclimate based on smart agriculture system. AGROFOR International Journal, Volume 3. Issue No. 3. pp. 56-63. DOI: 10.7251/AGRENG1803056P
Keywords : Smart Agriculture, Small Scale Farmer, Greenhouse, Spatiotemporal
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