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Agtech revolution takes root

Padraig Hennessy, chairman of Agtech Ireland: ‘It’s not just artificial intelligence or using fancy sensors – agtech is any technology that can be used to make a farm more productive.’ Picture: Lorraine O’Sullivan

“Farming has to change. Everybody knows it. Farmers can’t work harder so they have to work smarter and agtech offers a solution, a way to do that.”

That’s the opinion of Padraig Hennessy, chairman of Agtech Ireland, a lobby group that represents companies marrying technology with agriculture across the country. He has strong opinions on the challenges facing the agricultural sector in Ireland relating to labour shortages and sustainability, and he’s convinced that there are ...