Set of Requirements specifications for a multifunctional Farm Portal
The role of a Farm Portal is to communicate the multifunctional farm of “tomorrow” of being environmentally and socially friendly, energetic autonomous and enhancing the rural economy will be analyzed. The farmer needs to do documentation but also needs to get benefits out of the new technologies; moreover the benefits must motivate him to use these technologies.
In this deliverable the Farm Portal has been identified, stating clearly its role and its main concepts. This has been done as a visionary Farm Portal. The definition of such a Farm Portal is to support farmers with all their need as well as allowing them to have measurable benefits of using it. Such a farm portal should be an integrated portal for: standardised information for daily needs, plus, structured information on demand, which is in parallel a marketing and communication centre for farmers and their chain partners and in parallel a TRUST CENTRE for traceability purposes.
The next section of this report refers to the requirements of a new farm portal. This portal would reflect to the Multifunctional farm of the future. The requirements of such a portal are required for the better definition of what will this farm portal will contain. These requirements were extracted from people and groups that are related and interested in agriculture and these were identified to be the farmers, consumers, traders and advisors. Personal interviews were carried in Germany, Denmark and Greece on structured questionnaires. Farmers and consumers perceptions towards a farm portal and the specification requirements for the design of such a system are the results of these questionnaires.