How technology is improving the landscape of agriculture?
Adesh Chaurasia– Agricultural Technology
Revolutions In Digitization And Technology Predict That Agriculture Will Never Be The Same Again
Countless studies, research projects, and surveys underscore the importance of technology in improving the agricultural industry. I’d say that the transformation has accelerated exponentially over the past 50 years significantly. Agriculture has transformed with the introduction of technology. Pick a reasonably populated rural district. There’s a good chance you will come across farming equipment that is either being enhanced by technological additions or agricultural practices that have moved entirely online, like the Internet of Things (IoT). We have traveled a long, arduous way from using carbon fuel or human power to harvest wheat. Finally, technology has arrived at our doorsteps; it is time to harvest its potential for our agricultural sector.
A Closer Look at How Technology and Agriculture Stay In Sync
Nowadays, we’ve got innovations in ever-evolving technology, including the production of genetically modified crops that allow many food industries to compete in corn syrup, soybean oil, cornstarch, granulated sugar, canola, and corn oil. This is not to mention the number of fruits and vegetables with their GMO varieties (Genetically Modified Organisms).
Add to this the building of drones, the development of refrigerated rail cars, the introduction of carefully crafted hybrid seeds made in laboratories, and technology predicting climate change: the agricultural sector could not be more fortunate.
What’s more, is that scientists believe that the agricultural landscape is on the cus of another major revolution, one that is data-driven while giving much importance to connectivity (after all, the global economy is congruent with digitization and digital transformation). This means that we’re going to see a lot more advanced technology-related growth, such as the use of artificial intelligence, connected sensors, analytics, and a plethora of other emerging technologies being put to good use. All these improvements would signify a steady increase in yields, better ways to gain access to water outlets, an improved sense of sustainability, resilience when it comes to crop rotation, and finally, a good hold of animal husbandry at large.
What’s the Catch?
Don’t get me wrong, but everything I’ve mentioned so far is what an ideal agricultural landscape should look like. It doesn’t necessarily follow that the said technologies are being used and implemented at a large scale right after being introduced to the public, farm owners, and agriculturists. You could chalk this down to many reasons – not having enough capital, logistics, or a lack of awareness; I could go on. But most importantly, it is the connectivity infrastructure aspect of it that is severely lacking.
Although we have all this technology and this equipment, unless government bodies, major corporations, research institutes, and agricultural departments decide to set up operations and procedures which ensure that there is a connectivity infrastructure such that everything works in tandem with the other, implementation won’t be as successful and far-reaching.
I say this because if we did take significant steps to establish connectivity, then the agricultural industry could potentially take on about $500 billion in terms of additional value, thereby improving the global domestic product by 7% to 9% by the year 2030.
What does this mean for farmers? A much-needed break from the current pressure they’re facing. Moreover, research indicates that this advanced connectivity could add between $2 trillion and $3 trillion in additional value to the global economy within the next 10 years.
Here’s to hoping that the world harnesses the potential that technology has allowed us to afford.
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