Through the Common Agricultural Policy, the EU is making rural areas and agriculture more competitive and sustainable.
To promote the necessary investments in digital technologies, services and skills, each Member State’s CAP Strategic Plan includes a tailored digital strategy addressing the needs and the circumstances of each country. CAP Plans aim to create the right environment for farmers and rural communities to take advantage of the digital transition, including foster innovation and knowledge exchange in agriculture and rural development. Digital tools and services can increase farmers’ productivity and income while providing a good level of living standards for rural communities. This means high-speed broadband infrastructure, IT equipment and uptake of digital tools and services. In their CAP Strategic Plans’ digitalisation strategies for agriculture and rural areas, Member States explain how they will plan to fill the digital connectivity gap by using the different instruments available, such as the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), the Digital Europe Programme, the Horizon Europe Programme or the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) . Member States can benefit from these funds in synergy with their national, regional and private funds.
The digital transformation can help agriculture become greener, more resilient and more sustainable, in line with the European Green Deal objectives.
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