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Potential for Technological Modernisation and Innovation Based on ICT in Agri-Food Companies of Central Region of Portugal

Pedro D. Gaspar 1,4, Vasco N. G. J. Soares 2,3,4, João M. L. P. Caldeira 2,3,4, Luís P. Andrade 5, and Cláudia Domingues 6
1. University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal
2. Superior School of Technology, Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco, Castelo Branco, Portugal
3. Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal
4. InspiringSci, Castelo Branco, Portugal
5. Centro de Apoio Tecnológico Agro-Alimentar, Castelo Branco, Portugal
6. InovCluster, Castelo Branco, Portugal
Abstract—This paper assesses the potential for technological modernisation and innovation based on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in agri-food companies located in the central region of Portugal. The survey was applied to 50 agri-food companies of Cereals, Cheese, Olive oil, Dry sausages, Honey, Wine, and Horticultural sectors. Survey results can be summarised as: The large majority of companies use computers and have Internet service. Most of companies don't have a webpage and neither use Internet for advertising campaigns, selling or buying products. Half of companies use social networks for business purposes. Most companies haven't promoted collaborators training in ICT in the last year. Companies claim that possessing a webpage and attending ICT training will be the technological solutions that will improve their productivity and/or marketing products and services. For each sector, recommendations and suggestions were provided in order to promote the use of ICT for business purposes. 
Index Terms—ICT, agri-food, innovation, potential, analysis

Cite: Pedro D. Gaspar, Vasco N. G. J. Soares, João M. L. P. Caldeira, Luís P. Andrade, and Cláudia Domingues, "Potential for Technological Modernisation and Innovation Based on ICT in Agri-Food Companies of Central Region of Portugal," Journal of Advanced Agricultural Technologies, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 75-82, December 2015. Doi: 10.12720/joaat.2.2.75-82
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