Agricultural Technology Revolution
How did technology transform the agriculture industry?
September 07, 2022 12:59 PM
Agricultural Technology Revolution
September 07, 2022 12:59 PM
Agriculture development practices over some time have been seen as exploiting natural resources more than they can be replenished. Additionally, the exponential increase in the human population has led to the need for shelter and food that will increase the "natural" capability of land under strain to supply.
Natural imbalances are evident in the form of soil erosion, pollution as well as declines in the wildlife population, and changes that humans have caused to the fauna and flora. We can safely conclude that the increase in human population will continue to increase and put greater demands on the ecosystem of agriculture. Therefore, technology has played continued to play a significant role in the field of agriculture in sustainable and long-term development.
Technology plays an important impact in farming and agricultural practices. With the introduction of technological advancements, its possibilities have widened. Innovations in agriculture are driving a change in farming practices that reduce losses and increase efficiency. This has positive effects on farmers. The adoption of analytical and digital tools is driving constant advancement in agricultural technology revolution. The trend is set to stay, boosting crop yields while also helping to increase the income of farmers.
Agricultural technology impacts numerous areas, including fertilizers, pesticides, seeds technology, and so on. Genetic engineering and biotechnology have led to improving resistance to pests and higher yields of crops. The use of machines has enabled efficient harvesting, tilling, and a decrease in manual labor. The irrigation methods and the transportation systems are improved while processing machinery has cut down on waste as well. The result is evident in all sectors.
Modern technologies are focused on robotics, precision agriculture artificial intelligence Blockchain technology, and much more.
A few technological advancements have revolutionized agriculture.
Hand tools and manual labor employed in agriculture are limited concerning energy consumption and production, particularly in tropical regions. Resistance to the mechanization of agriculture particularly among small-holder farmers because of cost, accessibility, and maintenance issues frequently is a detrimental element. Combination harvesters are gaining more efficiency in reducing manual labor and speeding up the process. Small-sized landholdings are typical of Indian agriculture and there is a need to work with other farmers to make the most of modern technology.
Farmers' capacity is built through holding hands, making new equipment accessible, particularly to small-scale farms, and addressing the issue of affordability through policies that will result in greater use of mechanization.
A major advancement in agriculture is the utilization of the field of artificial intelligence (AI). Modern technology and tools built on AI facilitate data gathering and support precise farming and more informed decision-making. For instance, drones satellites, and remote sensors collect 24/7 data on the weather patterns that occur in and around fields, giving farmers essential information on the weather, temperature, rainfall, and humidity, example. But, AI finds slow acceptance in countries such as India in which marginal farming as well as landholdings of different sizes, and other factors hinder it but it's future of agriculture.
Agriculture refers to many different methods which include traditional breeding methods as well as genetic engineering and the creation of microorganisms that can be used in farming. Gene engineering generally makes use of the understanding of DNA to recognize and use genes that increase resistance to pests. The development of higher-yielding varieties can also improve livestock.
Biotechnology's impact on agriculture has led to all-around advantages for farmers as well as consumers as well. Although some controversial methods have sparked opposition towards the use of biotechnology, there's the certainty that agriculture's future is highly dependent upon SAFE biotechnology because of changes in climate as well as the increase in the population.
Technology for communication has accelerated in India which has made smart farming feasible. Sensors are being utilized in the field of agriculture to supply information to farmers to manage and improve the yield of their crops, taking into account the conditions in the environment and the challenges. They are based on wireless connectivity and have applications in numerous areas, including determining the soil's composition and moisture content, nutrient detection locations for accuracy, airflow, and more. Sensors can help farmers save money on pesticide and labor costs, which results in more efficient fertilizer application.
The collection and compilation of data and its further processing to make it useful for decision-making/problem-solving are expanding the way big data functions. Big data is set to play an important role in smart farming and the benefits will spread throughout every aspect of the supply chain as well as the markets. Agriculture is expanding and is dependent on numerous factors. This leads to the gathering and use of more complex data, which must be meaningfully analyzed and controlled. Data could come taken from outside sources like supplier networks, social media markets, and sensor/machine data from fields.
Livestock monitoring with body sensors and chips could aid in preventing outbreaks of disease and are essential in the management of large-scale livestock. Body sensors and chips monitor important indicators and parameters that can detect disease early and stop the spread of disease to the herd. In the same way, ultrasounds can help assess the quality of the meat. This can help control and enhance its quality.
The world's population is projected to increase to 9 billion in 2050. The issue is finding methods and ways to produce enough food for the world's population. The issue of reducing the amount of land in agriculture and food waste in the distribution and production process is having a huge impact on the globe. The growing role of technology in solving these problems is the only path towards a secure food future.
Technology can aid in saving foreign exchange costs for nations as well as increase productivity and raise the standard of living for communities of farmers. India still has much to be done in implementing the latest farming techniques using technology. The pace is slow and significant efforts must be put into educating farmers on the benefits of technology. Overcoming the limitations of traditional agricultural practices and traditional mindsets is a major hurdle that has to be tackled for an improved future.