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When we say technology has taken a toll on everything under the Sun. We do mean everything and agriculture is no exception to this. With the growing civilization, we might have come across numerous reports about agriculture not being given its due importance. This could be due to the need for land which goes into set up of industries or changing unfavorable climatic conditions which has been erratic and not suitable to grow crops, the natural way. So how can all these concerns be resolved while meeting the interests of farmers?
Embracing technology:
Yes, that’s right. As technology has been the aisle to success for many business spaces, it applies for agriculture too. Farmers accepting changes and learning technology will definitely be able to survive in this era of shifting trends and rising demands. So what is the nature of technology farmers should look for and how will it be useful in simplifying their daily task?
Internet of things has been taking several spaces by storm and this evolution can happen in the agricultural space too. Internet of Things is used to build a deeper connection between humans and machines. When this happens, complex processes are broken down and simplified to a huge extent. So how does IoT help? This technology will help in the monitoring, distribution and effective tracking of agricultural resources both the final yield and raw material through sensors which will be in-built in equipment. You as a farmer can keep surveying your area of crops from anywhere across the world and give it the care they need almost instantaneously. With IoT, the quality of service provided enhances and the wastage decreases drastically.
IoT can further be installed in agricultural equipment to find the type of soil favorable for the type of crop. It could help you in maintaining tractors, servicing them on time by providing appropriate alerts.
It could be close to impossible to manually scrutinize couple of acres. Drones in this case not only help in monitoring but also observing every crop closely and updating issues at different levels. Drones can also be used to evenly distribute and spray seeds, water and also fertilizers. This will help in better exposure and an improved supervision system.
Weeding is a primary part of agriculture and perhaps it is the part of agriculture farmers scare from. It takes time and involves lot of patience. Manual weeding is a tedious process and allocating manpower for weeding does not happen easily and even if done, it is not effective. Robotics can greatly help in this process as it can complete the task in a lesser time, it is cost effective, and the error rate is negligible. What else could a farmer ask for? Robots can also be used for planting crops, spraying seeds, fertilizers. It reduces manual work and undoubtedly elevates the productivity levels to a huge extent. With advanced technology, robots can also be used in the harvesting season.
Instead of completely converting natural agricultural processes with artificial elements which prove to be hazardous to human health, embracing such high-end technological options can better serve the purpose while maintaining the quality of crops and not disturbing the environment.