The EU is looking to space management technology to provide a much-needed boost to global food supplies.

The EUR3.6bn global positioning navigational service Galileo should be operational by 2013.

It is believed that the system will optimise agricultural management as farmers can integrate its pinpoint accurate geographical positioning technology with tractors, ploughs, seeders, fertilisers and harvesters.

Galileo will enable farmers to accurately sub-divide fields to the nearest centimetre, increasing yields and better matching supply to demand, the European Commission said.

The technology was unveiled at a recent Brussels conference, staged by the European Parliament’s centre-right European People’s Party-European Democrats (EPP-ED) group.

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