Study: Technology on Hawaiʻi Farms in High Demand

October 23, 2019, 10:16 AM HST · Updated October 24, 11:59 AM
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Farm technology, including drones and accounting software, are in high demand among Hawaiʻi farmers.

Thatʻs according to the USDA Agricultural Statistics Service, which conducted a study this past fall to determine the types of technology Hawaiʻi farmers currently use as well as the specific items they wish to have in the future.

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This was the first time NASS conducted this kind of project, surveying 1,750 farms across all counties.

Below is a list of highlights from the study:

  • 1,516 pieces of video surveillance technology are used on farms in Hawaiʻi and farmers want more. Farmers reported 3,383 pieces of video surveillance technology are wanted.
  • Drones are in demand on Hawaiʻi farms, with 872 wanted for future use to add to the 182 currently used.
  • Hawaiʻi farms are short the 2,778 of GPS/RFID livestock tracker tech in demand. Farmers reported they are using 69 livestock tracker tech across all farms in the state.
  • Smartphone apps are used by farms across all categories, with 1,263 in use today and 1,208 wanted.
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