Profound changes are occurring all around the world. Industry 4.0 is, evidently, one of them, with interconnectivity, automatization, and data analysis now being built into every productive system. The fourth industrial revolution has arrived and farming cannot be left out of this resource efficiency-oriented mega trend.
El Llano Institute of Technology is the only one of its kind in Aguascalientes for it is entirely devoted to agricultural science. The institute’s commitment to forming close ties with state producers and help them meet their needs has generated a set of strategic projects. Both the public and private sectors are actively participating in these projects to implement technological breakthroughs for automated processes. Process automation, alongside specialized software, will offer custom-made solutions to the agribusiness sector to increase its productivity and profitability.
Private sectors, government agencies, and other institutions are working in projects together with the Pabellón de Arteaga Institute of Technology and the National Committee for Garlic Production. One of the projects that stands out more is the acquisition of a fleet of drones that will help producers gather the data necessary to know the status of crops, improve their management, and generate a more viable strategy for saving resources and maximizing production.
Moreover, after realizing that many producers were buying expensive environmental sensors in foreign markets, the Center for Agronomic Information Monitoring was conceived. The center, supported by private companies and by the Institute of Technology of Mexico, will help producers acquire the sensors at lower prices. The devices measure soil humidity and provide useful data through a user-friendly interface at the monitoring center.
El Llano Institute of Technology, always leading innovation, has broad experience in the field of plant tissue culture. It is the only university in the network of Institutions of Technology of Mexico that offers biotechnology undergraduate and graduate degrees. Its specialized laboratory encourages academic formation and is an important alternative to produce, maintain, and harness food-grade plant species and other plants of high ecological—and even cultural—value
Ernesto Lugo Ledesma, director of the institute, said to Innovación Economica that it is universities’ duty to get involved in industrial matters, especially those related to the region’s agricultural development.
“The role of universities is changing. It’s moving away from only being a center for professional training. Universities are becoming a node of economic development both for the state and the country. That is our objective: to educate citizens that are capable of positively affecting their environment,” emphasized Lugo Ledesma.